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Catholic music director fired over ‘engagement’ to male partner
Life Site News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Dustin Siggins

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."

Click "like" if you want to defend true marriage.

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.'"


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholic; homosexualagenda; illinois

1 posted on 08/01/2014 3:31:16 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Expect turbulence ahead, ping!


2 posted on 08/01/2014 3:31:43 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

Now he gets to play his organ at home for his fiancee.

CC


3 posted on 08/01/2014 3:36:09 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: NYer

What could be wrong with a man whose only wish is to tickle a few ivories?


4 posted on 08/01/2014 3:36:50 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("Movie queues diffuse into the Cinerama haze While libertines read pornizines in street cafes." Al S)
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To: Celtic Conservative

And just because you posted that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJExKB_0U70


5 posted on 08/01/2014 3:39:43 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Celtic Conservative

lol


6 posted on 08/01/2014 3:40:32 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: NYer
Yawn.

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.

7 posted on 08/01/2014 3:41:44 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: NYer

Good for the Catholic Church.


8 posted on 08/01/2014 3:42:31 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: NYer

GOOD for the Good Father!!!!


9 posted on 08/01/2014 3:42:35 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Celtic Conservative

I bet he’s a huge fan of this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRMrGo2UTH0


10 posted on 08/01/2014 3:42:41 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: NYer

“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.”

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!


11 posted on 08/01/2014 3:54:36 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: NYer
US Attorney General Derrick Holden ain't gonna like this.
12 posted on 08/01/2014 4:01:24 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: TalBlack
Let's pray for this confused man and the man he calls his partner. They could have a chaste and God-pleasing love --- a spiritual accord --- if they could find a way to purify their friendship and lay off the sodomy.

Really, let's pray.

13 posted on 08/01/2014 4:06:58 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ( God our Savior wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4).)
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To: NYer

The Church has always rightfully been mindful of scandal.


14 posted on 08/01/2014 4:11:17 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Really, let's pray.

Really, what else is there to do ... after removing the gentleman from an official, paid position in a Catholic church.

15 posted on 08/01/2014 4:11:49 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: stevio
Good for the Catholic Church.

Amen.

16 posted on 08/01/2014 4:14:36 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Amen (again).


17 posted on 08/01/2014 4:15:39 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NYer
The gay community will pull out all the stops for the organist.

Leni

18 posted on 08/01/2014 4:33:53 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Combined US Senate & House has completely lost its voice, its compass, its patriotism & its soul!)
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To: NYer
God brought me to this moment and God is saying this is why I created you. You are here to live and love

We are not here to love, but to serve. We are God's and will serve His will or will be removed from His Presence. The primary reason for our existence is as proof and witness of His Glory. Anything else He decides to give us is icing on the cake.
19 posted on 08/01/2014 4:40:48 PM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: NYer

He defies God.


20 posted on 08/01/2014 4:44:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: wbarmy

“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.


21 posted on 08/01/2014 4:45:37 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: NYer

He only wishes to immure himself in feces. What parent wouldn’t want him near their children? /sarc


22 posted on 08/01/2014 4:57:09 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: NYer

God brought me to this moment and God is saying this is why I created you.

***
Arrogant little blasphemer.


23 posted on 08/01/2014 5:59:43 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: alstewartfan
Here he is playing with his organ:


24 posted on 08/01/2014 6:06:56 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: NYer

Disengage and get back to work, buttercup.


25 posted on 08/01/2014 6:34:21 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Celtic Conservative

If he can play his own organ, he’s a remarkable man.


26 posted on 08/01/2014 6:35:07 PM PDT by RichInOC ("ARMAGEDDON!!!")
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To: NYer

And this is news why?
Oh. Because the libs are agitated.


27 posted on 08/01/2014 6:38:23 PM PDT by Gamecock (There is room for all of God's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy.)
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To: NYer

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.


28 posted on 08/01/2014 6:44:20 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Ok, the joke's over. Bring back the Constitution.)
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To: NYer; Patton@Bastogne; Oldeconomybuyer; RightField; aposiopetic; rbmillerjr; Lowell1775; JPX2011; ..

This is clearly a coordinated campaign designed to find a “Roe - v - Wade” opportunistic law suit. Be afraid, be very afraid.


29 posted on 08/01/2014 6:54:10 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: NYer
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."

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...

30 posted on 08/01/2014 6:54:18 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Let's pray for this confused man and the man he calls his partner. They could have a chaste and God-pleasing love --- a spiritual accord --- if they could find a way to purify their friendship and lay off the sodomy.

Naw...God didn't create Adam and Steve...

31 posted on 08/01/2014 6:57:05 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Shimmer1
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.

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...

32 posted on 08/01/2014 7:04:29 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Iscool
ZThere 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!

33 posted on 08/01/2014 7:20:46 PM PDT by verga (Conservative, leaning libertarian)
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To: verga
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...

34 posted on 08/01/2014 7:23:04 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Iscool
I>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.

35 posted on 08/01/2014 7:44:15 PM PDT by verga (Conservative, leaning libertarian)
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To: Tax-chick

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.


36 posted on 08/01/2014 7:58:18 PM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: MinuteGal
The gay community will pull out all the stops for the organist.

LOL!

I think they should butt out of it.

37 posted on 08/02/2014 1:49:46 AM PDT by BlackVeil ('The past is never dead. It's not even past.' William Faulkner)
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To: wbarmy
but if you love Him, you will obey His commandments

Yes, of course. My point was that the musician is correct that our purpose is to love. He simply misunderstands what love means.

38 posted on 08/02/2014 3:43:42 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: Iscool
Perhaps you misunderstand me. Adam and Steve could be friends, no?

Friendship isn't Biblically verboten, is it?

39 posted on 08/02/2014 4:37:34 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (When you see a fork in the road, take it. - Yogi Berra)
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To: Iscool

Lord pray for those that put down your Pilgrim Church on earth.


40 posted on 08/02/2014 7:48:10 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NYer

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

It’s immutable

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?


41 posted on 08/02/2014 9:52:37 AM PDT by stanne
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To: verga

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...


42 posted on 08/02/2014 10:15:46 AM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: Jeff Chandler

Some admirers are still wondering why this organist had the pedals removed.


43 posted on 08/02/2014 11:46:16 AM PDT by alstewartfan ("Movie queues diffuse into the Cinerama haze While libertines read pornizines in street cafes." Al S)
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To: NYer

Good and the reason all these perverts want “Human Rights Commissions” and not the Constitution deciding. HRCs are just reeducation camps in disguise.


44 posted on 08/02/2014 11:00:35 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: IrishBrigade
...I applaud your efforts...but truly, trying to reason with those wearing mental blinders is the very essence of futility...

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.

45 posted on 08/03/2014 7:53:26 AM PDT by verga (Conservative, leaning libertarian)
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