A music director at a Minnesota Catholic Church was forced to resign by Archbishop John Nienstedt after he got married.
The Archbishop of St Paul and Minneapolis was consulted after Jamie Moore, the music director at St Victoria Catholic Church, married his long-time partner over the weeekend.
He ‘recommended’ the music director’s resignation, saying someone employed in the Catholic Church that is also in a same-sex marriage does not ‘uphold church teaching’.
Parishioners got an email from Father Bob White informing them that Moore would not be returning to work.
Moore is currently unavailable for comment as he is on honeymoon.
According to CBS Minnesota, Nienstedt said in a statement: ‘The … conduct of church employees can inspire and motivate people, but it can also scandalize and undermine their faith.
‘Church employees must … recognize and accept the responsibilities that accompany their ministry.’
He has said homosexuality is a ‘result of psychological trauma’ and ‘must be understood in the context of other human disorders: envy, malice, greed, etc’.
In 2006, he warned Catholics against watching Brokeback Mountain. He claimed Hollywood had ‘turned their backs on God and the standards of God in their quest to make evil look so attractive’.
In 2010, he told a mother asking for tolerance for her gay son that she should consider her ‘eternal salvation’.