Fox News anchor Bret Baier on Tuesday explained his reasons for withdrawing from an upcoming conference organized by an anti-gay Catholic group.

Baier last week announced that he would not be speaking at next week's Legatus 2015 Summit at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida. Actor Gary Sinise and Coors Chairman Peter Coors have also withdrawn from the event.

The reversals came after pointed out that Legatus describes homosexuality on its website as “a selfish act that cannot fulfill the divinely ordained purpose of the reproductive powers” and encourages gay people to live a “chaste and celibate life.”

In a 2011 article, the group's John Haas wrote that people suffering from “same sex attraction disorder” can be cured.

“[T]here is hope for those who suffer from the disorder,” he wrote. “The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality reports that significant numbers of homosexual persons have undergone treatment and had their sexual drives properly ordered.”

Baier explained in an email that Fox asked him not to speak at the event.

“I pulled out of the speech at Fox’s request – because of the controversy surrounding some of these articles and editorials that have been published in the Legatus magazine,” he said. “I am a lifelong mass attending Catholic – I'm a lector at my parish. I consider myself to be in line with my Church on most things. This isn't about me.. but, describing homosexuality as a ‘disorder’ and talking about ways to ‘cure’ people from it – does not seem to line up with the loving, accepting Church that I know. Nor does it match up with how Pope Francis has talked about the issue recently. I couldn't speak because of that – I don't wish the group any harm, but after Gary Sinise pulled out.. as a newsman, Fox agreed that I could not be surrounded by that controversy… as much as I would have loved to have talked about my book, my faith, and my son's battle with congenital heart disease. That is the truth.”