Chestnut Hill Didn’t Fire Father James St. George For Being Gay, But For Supporting Gays

Father James St. George, the gay Catholic priest who was dismissed from the Roman Catholic school Chestnut Hill College, wasn’t fired for being gay as we originally thought! No, he was fired for belonging to a non-Vatican-approved church that believes priests not only can be gay but can also get married!

Chestnut Hill is clarifying, or whatever, the controversy that has us all thinking the school doesn’t like the mo-mos teaching is kids. According to Chestnut president Sister Carol Jean Vale’s statement, the now-ex instructor “presented himself as Father St. George and openly wore a traditional Catholic priest’s collar.” But only now did Chestnut Hill learn (through an angry local lawyer’s letter) that St. Geroge belongs to the Old Catholic Church Of The Americas, a Catholic sect that left the Vatican in 1870, which “allows priests the option to engage in same-sex partnerships. This is contrary to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.”

And when St. George started talking to the press about his removal? That’s when Chestnut Hill learned he was in a gay relationship himself, Vale claims: “It was with great disappointment when we learned through St. George’s public statements of his involvement in a gay relationship with another man for the past 15 years…. While we welcome diversity, it is expected that all members of our college community, regardless of their personal beliefs, respect and uphold our Roman Catholic mission, character and values both in the classroom and in public statements that identify them with our school.”

FWIW, St. George disputes all of that crap, but you knew where the true lies anyhow.

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  • Kurt

    No offense to Fr. St. George, but he doesn’t belong to Catholic sect that left the Vatican in 1870. That group is the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht and the only group in North America related to them is the Polish National Catholic Church.

    Fr. St. George, whom I am sure is a very nice man, is part (or maybe the singular leader) of one of these self-proclaimed Catholic sects with no real connection to other bodies.

    My point is not to be critical of Fr. St. George but to show what idiots Chestnut Hill College has. They really hired someone as a Theology professor because he showed up in a clerical collar and called himself “Father”? They never looked him up in the Directory of Catholic priests or checked to see if he had any academic credential from a Catholic seminary?

    Maybe if I walk in wearing a lab coat and call myself “Doctor” they wil hire me for their Medical School!

  • Thomas H

    Is it just me, or does he look like Friar Tuck from Robin Hood?

  • Charles

    This action is so unprofessional it shames the institution. Any non Catholic church falls into the reasoning. Any Lutherans teaching there?

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