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Last rites for Credo


If Sean Kosofsky were the church-going type, he’d probably loose a chorus of hallelujahs, for the word has gone forth that it’s soon going to be amen time for the ultraconservative Catholic newspaper Credo. Kosofsky, policy director of the Triangle Foundation, a Detroit-based gay, lesbian and transgender advocacy group, says that the Ann Arbor-based publication — which is set to close its doors in October — is anti-gay.

“Credo has been attacking Triangle and other gay leaders for years,” says Kosofsky. Among other things, the 7-year-old, bi-monthly publication featured articles opposing gay-rights ordinances and suggesting that gays need psychological treatment.

Credo is doomed because its main financial backer, the Ave Maria Foundation — created by former Domino’s Pizza king and current zealot Tom Monaghan — is pulling the plug.

Bill Koshelnyk, Ave Maria Foundation communications director, says Monaghan wants to refocus the foundation’s money into its educational programs. He also says that, for the past five years, Credo has been losing a half-million dollars per annum, and that “it would not be a good investment in the long term.”

“We had strong support from advertisers, but it wasn’t enough,” says Jay McNally, Credo managing editor.

McNally insists that the publication is not anti-gay. What the soon-to-be departed mag does do, he says, is raise legitimate concerns about the “consequences of the gay lifestyle.”

McNally accused Kosofsky of engaging “in name calling,” then, falling somewhat short of turning the other cheek, pointed out for News Hits’ edification that Kosofsky “is very anti-Christian” as well as “anti-human,” and that “the Triangle Foundation has total contempt for Christianity.”

McNally’s verbal stone throwing didn’t seem to bother Kosofsky, who said, “We’re thrilled to see that vile publication put to rest.”

Ann Mullen is a Metro Times staff writer. E-mail