Two Minneapolis priests who have led parishes sympathetic to gay and lesbian rights have announced their resignations.
The Rev. George Wertin, senior priest of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, which has clashed with its archdiocese and some orthodox Catholics in the Twin Cities, announced his retirement Sunday effective July 1. And the Rev. Stephen O’Gara, pastor at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, said last week he’s leaving March 1.
Both said the timing of their announcements was coincidental, and they assured parishioners that they weren’t pressured by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to leave. [Source]
I wonder if they were actually pressured to retire by the the diocese? I guess we will know when they announce the replacements and whether the new pastors will be more of the same or a true improvement. If an orthodox priest is assigned to St. Joan of Arc’s he will have a tough road ahead of him. It will be quite a challenge to accurately bring the faith back there when the priest and the congregation have virtually been in schism for some time. It would probably be a good idea to start a chapter of Courage there so that those who were attracted to St. Joan’s might find that the Church’s true position on homosexuality is not about prejudice or hatred but a call to be chaste, just as all of us are.