Stuff: Felix Donnelly dies: Renegade priest was also broadcaster, novelist, and Youthline founder

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A priest who challenged the views of his Catholic peers, founded Youthline and hosted talkback radio has died.

Felix Donnelly was 89 and died last week. Death notices in newspapers described the academic and social worker as a loved brother and “treasured uncle”.

Donnelly backed the 1980s Homosexual Law Reform Bill, citing concerns about young people who committed suicide after being ostracised or bullied for their sexuality.

Tributes online included one describing Donnelly as having offered “rational and compassionate support” for gay and lesbian people at a time when that stance conflicted with the prevailing clerical view.

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