March 22, 2011

It's the private sector, Rev.


The Rev. James St. George will not be returning to teach religion as an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College, according to a settlement between the gay priest and the school announced Monday.

"I'm glad it's over," said St. George, 45, pastor of St. Miriam Catholic Apostolic Church of Blue Bell. "I'm going back to my ministry and to take care of my parish."

A popular teacher at the traditional Catholic college since the fall of 2009, St. George was not retained this spring to teach two courses after officials learned of public statements he had made about being involved in a 15-year partnership with a man.

School officials said such statements defied the Catholic Church's teachings. He countered that the action was biased against gays.

Of course it's biased against gays, Reverend. And, at least still, such teachings (and actions) have a right to be. The Catholic Church has stipulations against that sort of conduct, and if you CHOOSE to be a member of its teachings and faith -- let alone hold a position of authority in such -- then you have NO basis for your claims ... let alone a settlement.

Posted by Hube at March 22, 2011 07:17 PM | TrackBack

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"I'm going back to my ministry and to take care of my parish."

Not for long. He said he's been in a relationship for 15 years. Whether that's with a man or woman it's a violation of his vows and he'll be defrocked. It's just a question of when. I suspect he won't be pastor for very long. He'll be reassigned pending a review until then.

Posted by: Duffy at March 23, 2011 09:18 AM

Actually, I think Duffy and I made a bad assumption on this article. (I just had to delete some stuff I'd already written.) He's actually a priest of the Old Catholic Church, a schismatic offshoot of the Catholic Church. I don't know too much about them in general so I can't comment too much more.

My Catholic spidey-senses told me something was up when I visited his parish's website. I saw this quote on the about us page: "Please know that our community embraces everyone, right where they are, even in their brokenness. Our church allows all to receive the Sacraments - including Holy Communion - for we see these as gifts of Jesus to those who are most in need." That's not a Catholic teaching, we don't even allow all Catholics to receive Communion, so no Catholic Church should ever say. (Ironically, the Old Catholic Church is the one not following the "old" ways.)

I want to correct Hube on one thing as well: the Church is not biased against gays. We have a problem with acting on that orientation since we believe sexual activity is properly oriented towards reproduction and the strengthening of a marital bond, neither of which can exist in a same-sex relationship. I wouldn't care if a priest had same-sex attraction, as long as he didn't act on it. The same way I wouldn't want a priest with opposite-sex attraction to act on his orientation.

Posted by: Paul Smith at March 23, 2011 10:05 AM

I did make a bad assumption. Usually when you see Catholic it means the Varsity not the JV "Old Catholic Church". Frankly they're so small in number it didn't occur to me that it would be them. Plus the MSM would rather just lump any wayward priests with Catholicism.

Posted by: Duffy at March 23, 2011 03:57 PM

A'ight Paul -- so the Church is biased against the behavior.

Posted by: Hube at March 23, 2011 04:43 PM

Duffy, it didn't even occur to me to check. I was trying to see which diocese his parish was in when my internal alarms went based off the language on the site.

Hube: yeah, the behavior not the person.

Posted by: Paul Smith Jr at March 23, 2011 05:05 PM

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