MONTREAL — In an unusual public dissent with their leaders, 19 Quebec Roman Catholic priests published yesterday an open letter taking issue with the church’s opposition to both same-sex marriage and the ordination of active gays into the priesthood.
Does the church "have the last word on the mysteries of political, social, family and sexual life?" the 980-word letter asks. "In these matters, the official teaching of the Church has shown itself more than once to be wrong."
One of the authors, Father Claude Lefebvre of the Saint-Étienne parish in Montreal, said the letter stemmed from a discussion group of Quebec priests who felt uneasy about the church’s official discourse.
Well at least this puts them out in the open and you only wonder if thier bishop will do anything about it. The majority of priests that signed a similar letter in the Diocese of Phoenix last year are no longer in ministry, though I would be surprised to see that happen here.