Nov 29, 2005

Bye bye, guy

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC reports ...

A Catholic priest in Mesa has resigned as a pastor because of "aggressive anti-gay positions" coming from the pope in Rome and bishop in Phoenix.

The Rev. Leonard Walker, 58, who as pastor was chief executive of Queen of Peace church, is the first priest in the Phoenix Diocese to resign over church treatment of gay men, specifically a new Vatican document aimed at keeping gay men out of the priesthood.

Walker declined to disclose his sexual orientation, but he said he was no longer comfortable "wearing the uniform" of the priesthood.

"It's like a Jew wearing a Nazi uniform," Walker said. "I could no longer stay in that institution with any amount of integrity."
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Well, there goes a guy with at least some integrity. He should be commended for being honest (he doesn't believe what the Church teaches) and for leaving (he has our prayers and will need them).

2 Comments:

Blogger Quintero said...

Archbishop O'Malley writes:

"It is never easy to deliver a message that calls people to make sacrifices or to do difficult things. Sometimes people want to punish the messenger. For this reason we priests at times find it difficult to articulate the Church’s teaching on sexual morality. We must never deliver the message in a self-righteous way, but rather with compassion and humility. It is important to express the moral teachings of the Church with clarity and fidelity. The Church must be Church. We must teach the truths of the Gospel in season and out of season."

Bishop Olmsted personifies those words.

7:41 AM  
Blogger bobnd said...

The priest makes vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience to his bishop and all his sucessors. The modernist clergy only make vows to whoever ordains them and then they struggle at that committment. What God does he sustains, what man does he fails without God's help.

4:29 PM  

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