John M. Becker

Anti-Gay MN Archbishop Forces Out Gay Music Director

Filed By John M. Becker | September 24, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

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Tags: Catholic attacks on LGBT rights, Catholic Church, gay marriage, Jamie Moore, John Nienstedt, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

jamie-moore-mn.jpgTwin Cities Roman Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, one of the Catholic Church's most outspoken homophobes, has returned to one of his favorite pastimes: spiritually bashing gay people.

This time it's in the small city of Victoria, southwest of Minneapolis. Nienstedt learned that Jamie Moore (right), the popular music director at St. Victoria Catholic Church (Facebook), married his husband Garrett last weekend. In response, the archbishop forced him out of his job.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that the news was announced on St. Victoria's website in a letter from the parish priest:

"Our beloved Director of Music, Jamie Moore, married his long-time partner Garrett this past weekend," the Rev. Bob White, of St. Victoria Catholic Church, wrote in a letter to parishioners posted on the parish website this week. "Since Jamie's marriage conflicts with official Church teaching, Archbishop Nienstedt asked for Jamie's resignation."

The letter said that Moore "has indicated that he intends to go along with the Archbishop's request. Jamie will be sorely missed, and we wish him every happiness."

The statement was reportedly emailed to church members as well. Moore is unavailable for comment, as he and Garrett are currently on their honeymoon.

Interestingly, Nienstedt's demanding that a gay music director resigns for the "sin" of marrying his husband comes as the archbishop continues to resist calls for his own resignation, in light of allegations that Nienstedt covered up sexual abuse and possession of child pornography by priests, as well as claims that he engaged in multiple sexual relationships with priests, seminarians, and other men.

nienstedt.jpgArchbishop Nienstedt (left) told MPR that he was "consulted about the employment matter and I responded by saying the teachings of the Church must be upheld, including the pastoral response of working with an employee whose actions are contrary to the Catholic faith." He also said:

"My role as shepherd of the local Catholic Church is to proclaim the Gospel in its fullness and to guide Church decisions as much as I can in ways that are harmony with Gospel teaching. Sometimes, those decisions are painful and difficult, but they are made for the sake of upholding the values that we have received from Christ and His Apostles."

Parishioners are reportedly "taken aback" by Moore's forced resignation; in his letter, Fr. White says he will provide a "pastoral perspective" on the situation at Masses this weekend. It will be interesting to see whether White's "pastoral perspective" includes any attempt to defend Nienstedt's reprehensible anti-gay spiritual bullying.

A report from WCCO-TV, and a list of Archbishop Nienstedt's worst anti-LGBT moments, are after the break.


Archbishop John Nienstedt's Homophobic Rap Sheet

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