Rev. Scott Gale spent six months at Marathon’s Holy Saviour Church before making a surprising announcement to parishioners. As Rev. Scott Gale strode through Marathon’s Holy Saviour church Thursday morning, a parishioner sitting in a pew caught his eye and said quietly, “See you on Sunday.”
Sundays are typically busy for the outspoken Gale. But the day after tomorrow will be different — likely the last time the veteran cleric will address a congregation as an active priest. Gale, 47, resigned last month after revealing he is gay, and that he is no longer able to commit to being celibate. Most of Holy Saviour’s parishioners learned of Gale’s decision to pursue his “longing for a loving relationship” as they sat in the pews during regular services on New Year’s Day.
It has become increasingly difficult for me to be an official representative of a church which does not accept and value my sexual orientation,” Gale declared in a two-page letter he read aloud. Many parishioners couldn’t believe their ears as Gale, who only arrived in Marathon last summer, delivered the startling news. [Source]
Again "the document" seems to be having a greater effect than I thought it would. Though sad it is good that he is living the priesthood before ditching celibacy. Just too bad that his “longing for a loving relationship” didn’t include Jesus. It also offers more proof that those who have same-sex attraction often becomes dissidents (he wrote a letter previously in support of same-sex marriage). This is not surprising since we all try to minimize our own sins and it doesn’t help when society is helping us in our efforts. It becomes a conflict of interest or really a conflict of "self-interest" in many of these cases where personal inclinations override Church teaching. Again an again they only prove the need of "the document" and do not help their case at all.