A Catholic priest in Mesa has resigned as a pastor because of "aggressive anti-gay positions" coming from the pope in Rome and bishop in Phoenix.
The Rev. Leonard Walker, 58, who as pastor was chief executive of Queen of Peace church, is the first priest in the Phoenix Diocese to resign over church treatment of gay men, specifically a new Vatican document aimed at keeping gay men out of the priesthood.
Walker declined to disclose his sexual orientation, but he said he was no longer comfortable "wearing the uniform" of the priesthood.
It’s like a Jew wearing a Nazi uniform," Walker said. "I could no longer stay in that institution with any amount of integrity."
His decision comes on the eve of the release of an instruction from the Vatican that limits entrance into seminaries primarily to heterosexual men. [Source]
And so it begins now that the document is officially out [PDF]. I don’t want to see anybody leave the Church, but it is for the better for those who have internally already left the Church and are in positions of authority to admit the reality of their position until such time as they have repented. Much better than those who will act as saboteurs of Church teaching while in charge of the flock. The funny thing about what has been called a witch-hunt is that in this case the witches our outing themselves and I don’t mean this is a derogative way to demean those with same sex attraction. The talk has been of inquisitions and purges, but it is the individuals that are resigning themselves. Once again they are only proving the need for the document when you have priests with SSA who obviously don’t hold to Church teaching on homosexual activity in the first place. When you have a unreasonable reaction to what is really a very reasonable document you only prove the need for it. Especially since this is no hardening in Church position in any way and what he calls "aggressive anti-gay positions" is nothing different than what the Catechism basically says or any other documents in recent years.