SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., Feb 16 (  The head of the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was in San Francisco from February 9 to 12 for a meeting with the presidents of the doctrinal commissions of North America and Oceania. At the meeting Cardinal Ratzinger and bishops and Cardinals representing Canada, the U.S. and other countries reiterated Church teaching on homosexuality.

A press release from the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops notes that the conference reaffirmed that “On the basis of Scripture and sound moral reasoning, the Church teaches that homosexual acts cannot contribute to the authentic good of the human person, and consistently condemns any violence against homosexual persons.”

In other news, last Tuesday the Southern Baptist Convention revoked its endorsement of American Airlines because of the airline’s donation of $75,000 to gay activist groups. American Airlines had been recommended by the group as one of the airlines with which to travel to its Atlanta convention in June.

Also, the Winnipeg Council of Rabbis, published a position paper in the Jewish Post recently denouncing the decision of one of their members, Rabbi Michael Levenson, to bless same-sex unions. Council co-chair, Rabbi Akiba Lubow, said same-sex ‘marriages’ are “detrimental to the Jewish community.”