A Second Gay Priest Fired

On Saturday last, Msgr Krzyxtof Charamsa came out and announced not only he is gay but also that he has a devoted boyfriend – and was promptly fired from his jobs as a Vatican theology professor and senior theologian with the CDF. (He later said in a follow -up interview, that his coming out was a “profoundly Christian” act.

Yesterday, just two days later, another priest was fired, this time in Chicago, for “an inappropriate relationship with a man”. It’s widely known that the priesthood includes an extraordinarily high percentage of gay men. We should expect that more and more of them will begin to come out, voluntarily or otherwise. The Church simply cannot afford to fire them all – or the existing shortage of priests will just become even more acute.

Then, on Monday, the Archdiocese of Chicagoannounced that Marco Mercado, who oversaw the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, has been removed from his position because of “an inappropriate relationship with an adult man.” In this case, the priest was remorseful, not defiant. “I apologize if this scandal has caused any hardship to the faithful,” Mercado said in a statement, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Under any circumstances, these would be remarkable firings. But the timing is significant: This weekend, Roman Catholic bishops gathered in Rome to kick off their synod on so-called family issues, the continuation of a meeting that began last fall. Among the subjects possibly on the docket: the Church’s posture toward gay Catholics.

The Atlantic

Pope Francis’s US tour has been a triumph. His conservative critics must be in despair – Spectator Blogs

Francis was eloquent, relaxed and amazingly youthful for a man heading for 80. He tilted in a liberal direction, but not far enough to create anxiety among most churchgoing Catholics anywhere in the world.

Maybe they should be feeling anxiety. Pope Francis seems to favour changes to pastoral practice – adove all, letting divorced and remarried people receive Communion – that could split the Church. Or, more likely, slowly Anglicanise it, so that rules are bendable in some countries but not in others, making the Catholic Church less catholic.

Source:.– Spectator Blogs

Parish diversity reflects the changing nature of U.S. society – The Catholic Free Press

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — American parishes are not so monolithic anymore. Traditionally European parishes, once the hallmark of the American Catholic Church, have become places where immigrants from Africa, Mexico, Central America and Asia have increasingly felt at home. It’s an indication of the ever-changing face of the U.S. church. …

Source: Parish diversity reflects the changing nature of U.S. society – The Catholic Free PressThe Catholic Free Press

Equally Blessed: “We invite our bishops to include us LGBT Catholics” – NCR

There is an encounter in the Christian scriptures that has the power to take one’s breath away.

Jesus is invited to the home of a religious leader. A woman, an outcast and sinner, shows up too. Safe to say, she is not invited. In the scene, one of the most poignant in the Gospels, the woman positions herself close to Jesus, washes his feet with her tears (her tears!) and dries them with her hair. It is as if all the moments of this outcast’s life, her sufferings and joys and sins and successes, are collected and reconciled in those tears and given to Jesus in the form of love.

But the host is repulsed by this encounter. Jesus, by authority of his own pure love, invites him to honor her dignity and faith (Luke 7:36-50). We’re not told if the leader is changed by the encounter. Over 2,000 years later, we’re still not sure.

Source: Equally Blessed: We invite our bishops to include us LGBT Catholics wholeheartedly in the World Meeting of Families | National Catholic Reporter