The Massachusetts Catholic Conference on Thursday denied media reports of the past week that one of the four bishops of the conference had told the state Legislature that the Church would favor giving

The Massachusetts Catholic Conference on Thursday denied media reports of the past week that one of the four bishops of the conference had told the state Legislature that the Church would favor giving certain legal benefits to same-sex partners. The conference, which includes the Archbishop of Boston, the bishops of Worcester, Springfield, and Fall River, and auxiliary bishops, said in a statement released a full week after the original testimony that Bishop Daniel P. Reilly of Worcester had been misinterpreted in press reports.