Gary M. Meier, a St. Louis-based Roman Catholic priest, has come out as the author of an anonymously-written book about his secret life as a gay priest.
Published anonymously in 2011, Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest Meier revealed he’s the author to promote the just-released second edition of the book. In a note published on his site he writes about the decision to reveal his identity, which he describes as difficult but necessary.
It has been difficult to remain part of a hierarchy that has been so hostile towards homosexuals in recent years. This is especially true considering nearly 30% of all successful teenage suicides are attributed to sexual identity issues. Our church once stood for and represented the radical nature of God’s love for all people. That is not the true today – especially towards the LGBT community and therefore I feel compelled to stand in solidarity with those Catholic’s who have lost their jobs, have been denied the sacraments, have been excommunicated or who have been made to feel ‘less than’ by their church leaders because of who they love.
Meier admits that he doesn’t know what the outcome of his revelation will be.
It is a huge leap of faith and to be perfectly honest with you, very frightening. I know that while many will celebrate and be grateful for this publication, others will be angry and upset and feel as if I am betraying the church. I have no such intention. I am just a man trying to live a life of integrity and speak the truth that God has given me to speak. I do not mean the church any harm and in fact I still love the church very much. I see my speaking out as an act of love toward a community which was born of God’s radical inclusivity. Somehow we have lost that in our church, I would like us to get that back.