Skip to comments.Catholic music director fired over ‘engagement’ to male partner
Posted on 08/01/2014 3:31:16 PM PDT by NYer
A music director at a Chicago Catholic parish was fired Monday after the pastor learned he had become "engaged" to his male partner.
Colin Collette says his partner asked him to "marry" him in front of St. Peter's Basilica on a trip to Rome last week. On Sunday, after Collette directed the music at Holy Family Catholic Church, Father Terry Keehan asked Collette to resign. He refused, and was subsequently fired on Monday morning.
Collete told the Chicago Sun-Times that he believes Keehan was pressured by Cardinal Francis George. The 23-year employee says Keehan was aware of Collette's sexuality, had gone to dinner with Collette and his partner Will Nifong, and supported Collette when his mother passed away. According to Collette, someone sent Cardinal George a Facebook picture of he and Nifong, precipitating the firing.
In a public statement provided to LifeSiteNews, Archdiocese spokesperson Susan Burritt acknowledged the archdiocese’s involvement, but would not give details. "The decision by the pastor of Holy Family was made with the knowledge of the Archdiocese and in consultation with the Archdiocese; however, we do not comment on or discuss an individual’s personnel issues,” she said.
Collette has since declared that he told Keehan, "I didn’t do anything wrong."
"I said, ‘I’m not going to resign. God brought me to this moment and God is saying this is why I created you. You are here to live and love,’” Collette told the Chicago Sun-Times.
However, the archdiocese maintains that people involved in Church ministries are duty-bound to adhere to Church teaching in public.
“Those that serve as Ministers of the Church, including worship ministers, are expected to conform their lives publicly with the teachings of the Church,” Burritt said. “Pastors hire and dismiss all parish personnel and govern according to the teachings of the Church and Archdiocesan policies. This is a matter of personal integrity on their part."
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Collette is one of many homosexuals whose public declaration of "engagement" or "marriage" to someone of the same sex has resulted in firings from Catholic churches. In July, Colleen Simon sued the Diocese of Kansas City -- St. Joseph after she was fired from her position as director of social concerns. A local publication had highlighted Simon's relationship -- including a same-sex "marriage" in Iowa -- with Lutheran pastor Donna Simon, which brought the couple to the attention of Bishop Robert Finn. Finn subsequently told Simon's pastor to fire her, which he did.
Also in July, a former teacher at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia, filed a complaint after his contract was not renewed when the school found out about his homosexual relationship. The teacher, Flint Dollar, has hired a lawyer who is calling the situation "gender discrimination." Dollar has said he is working to change federal discrimination laws, though his lawyer believes "gender discrimination" claims will be enough for his client to win a lawsuit.
In June, a volunteer at a church in Michigan was disallowed from serving his parish because of his "marriage" to his partner. Bob Brown had been a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Marquette, Michigan, for eight years before "marrying" his partner. He was subsequently banned from sitting on the pastoral council or engaging in other service to the parish, though it was clarified that he is welcome to attend the church.
A former vice principal in Washington State has also sued the archbishop of Seattle and the school at which he was employed after he was forced to resign because of his "marriage" to his male partner.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "homosexual persons are called to chastity," and that "tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.'"
Expect turbulence ahead, ping!
Now he gets to play his organ at home for his fiancee.
What could be wrong with a man whose only wish is to tickle a few ivories?
And just because you posted that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJExKB_0U70
Yeah, and Elton John plays the piano because he sucks on the organ.
So what, if they can't find anyone but a queer do without.
Good for the Catholic Church.
GOOD for the Good Father!!!!
I bet he’s a huge fan of this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRMrGo2UTH0
“I said, Im not going to resign. God brought me to this moment and God is saying this is why I created you. You are here to live and love, Collette told the Chicago Sun-Times.”
God despises this sick obsession you call ‘love’. He despises the sin you commit in naming Him in testament to your first sin. If you cling to your arrogance and live then die in this sin you’re gonna’ get your lying ass kicked...HARD!
Really, let's pray.
The Church has always rightfully been mindful of scandal.
Really, what else is there to do ... after removing the gentleman from an official, paid position in a Catholic church.
He defies God.
“Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the law?”
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. This is the Law and the Prophets.”
The confusion arises when people think “love” means “do sex upon,” and it’s a problem whether the object is the same sex or the opposite sex.
He only wishes to immure himself in feces. What parent wouldn’t want him near their children? /sarc
God brought me to this moment and God is saying this is why I created you.
Arrogant little blasphemer.
Disengage and get back to work, buttercup.
If he can play his own organ, he’s a remarkable man.
And this is news why?
Oh. Because the libs are agitated.
God brought him to this point so he could screw some man in the butt. REALLY???? This man ought to have been fired for not knowing God in the least. Maybe they’ll delete my post, but I stand behind it. This man is beneath contempt, lying about our Lord.
This is clearly a coordinated campaign designed to find a “Roe - v - Wade” opportunistic law suit. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Those that serve as Ministers of the Church, including worship ministers, are expected to conform their lives publicly with the teachings of the Church, Burritt said. Pastors hire and dismiss all parish personnel and govern according to the teachings of the Church and Archdiocesan policies. This is a matter of personal integrity on their part."
But in private, they can be as queer as a football bat...Likely that goes for heterosexual priests and bishops as well, if there are any...What a phoney religion...Modern day Pharisees...
Naw...God didn't create Adam and Steve...
There's a way out...And this guy obviously is familiar with it...
Don't read the bible...Don't believe the bible...There are religions out there who claim the bible doesn't mean what it says...It's all allegorical...But what it alludes to is anybody's guess...
Protestants, just come right out and have the courage to admit that it is the prots you are speaking about!
HaHa...You know better than that...
Apparently you don't: Openly gay clergy including "bishops", Baptists performing homosexual "marriages", Lutherans, Methodists and Anglicans, all ordaining women.
Tell me again how "biblical" (intentionally not capitalized) prots are again.
Understood, but if you love Him, you will obey His commandments.
John_14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John_14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
I think they should butt out of it.
Yes, of course. My point was that the musician is correct that our purpose is to love. He simply misunderstands what love means.
Friendship isn't Biblically verboten, is it?
Lord pray for those that put down your Pilgrim Church on earth.
Just yesterday, the priest reminded us that homosexual marriage/ behavior, is non negotiable. So there won’t be too much turbulence. The worst kind is when those trusteed to keep a rule or boundary for an institution cave
No chance of that
Of course this is about employment and the church is tax exempt, so ...
Sigh. We accept such a high tax rate
Can’t the church just pay tax and get out from under the government or stop the weird relationship with it?
Tell me again how “biblical” (intentionally not capitalized) prots are again.
...I applaud your efforts...but truly, trying to reason with those wearing mental blinders is the very essence of futility...
Some admirers are still wondering why this organist had the pedals removed.
Good and the reason all these perverts want “Human Rights Commissions” and not the Constitution deciding. HRCs are just reeducation camps in disguise.
I know I do it mostly for the lurkers. If lies go unchallenged they are accepted as the truth.
If you want to anger a Catholic tell him a lie, if you want to anger a prot, tell him the truth.