NEW ORLEANS A church that serves gay, bisexual and transgendered members has been kicked out of its temporary home by the Archdiocese of New Orleans because the church supports gay marriage.
The Metropolitan Community Church of Greater New Orleans had a 12-month lease within the Project Lazarus complex, a facility owned by the archdiocese that provides hospice services to AIDS patients, many of whom are gay. But after three months, the archdiocese terminated the lease.
The Reverend Dexter Brecht, the church’s leader, says they believe homosexuality is one of the sexualities created by God. He says that contradicts Roman Catholic teachings that say homosexuality is bad.
The archdiocese’s spokesman confirmed that doctrinal differences with the Metropolitan Community Church triggered the eviction. The Reverend William Maestri (MAY’-stree) says after learning of the church’s teachings, which also blesses gay unions, the archdiocese had to act.
He says continuing the lease might create the impression that the Catholic church is either indifferent or in support of Metropolitan Community Church’s teachings.
Brecht says the lease allowed the archdiocese to terminate the agreement on 90 days notice and the church is now looking for a permanent home. [Source]