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The Rev. Robert Nugent dies at 76; priest who supported gays, lesbians

The Rev. Robert Nugent dies at 76; priest who supported gays, lesbians

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The Rev. Robert Nugent, a Roman Catholic priest whose support of gays and lesbians in the church brought the Vatican's censure, ending his public role as an advocate for reconciling church doctrines with the realities of gay life, died Wednesday in Milwaukee. He was 76.

The cause was cancer, said Sister Jeannine Gramick, the nun with whom he founded New Ways Ministry in 1977 to educate the church about gay and lesbian Catholics and advocate for their acceptance.

For more than two decades, Rev. Nugent traveled the country with Sister Gramick to counsel gay Catholics, give workshops for Catholic clergy and lay people, and write books on gays in the...

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