When someone has been sacked for dissent from Catholic teaching or because of some immoral “lifestyle” choice, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, good riddance. On the other hand, I would – by orders of magnitude – prefer that they change their ways and keep their positions (provided they were competent, etc.). Card. George once said that Americans can be simultaneously hedonistic and puritanical. This crops up in an unforgiving spirit which some people manifest: they bash people who were public sinners. Don’t we want people to convert? I do.
Anyway, I saw this at CWN:
A New Jersey priest has been suspended from public ministry because of his persistent homosexual advocacy.
Father Warren Hall revealed on Twitter that he had been suspended by Archbishop John Myers of Newark, because his public statements and actions are “confusing the faithful.” Last year Father Hall had been removed from his post as chaplain at Seton Hall University because of his outspoken support for homosexual causes.
Father Hall indicated that he thought his suspension showed that Archbishop Myers was out of step with Catholic thinking. He wrote on Twitter that “@Pontifex’s Reform are taking too long.”
Kudos to Archbp. Myers.
While I would rather see this guy change his ways and work to undo some of the scandal he has caused, my only comment until that happens is: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.