Father Gary Meier, St. Louis Catholic Priest, Announces He is Gay
Here's the statement from the Archdiocese of St. Louis in response to Father Meier's news:
The Archdiocese of St. Louis just learned that Fr. Gary Meier authored the book "Hidden Voices, Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest" which was originally released anonymously in 2011. On May 22, 2013, Fr. Meier will release a 2nd edition of this book under his name.
Fr. Meier has been on leave for the past year for reasons of vocational discernment.
As a man who experiences same-sex attraction, Fr. Meier has before him an opportunity to be an example and mentor to Catholics in the archdiocese who struggle with the same feelings. Whether he will seize this opportunity to proclaim the Gospel of Life which offers the truth about the beauty and sanctity of human sexuality, is entirely within is his control.
The Church does not condemn individuals for having same-sex attraction. It teaches that all people are called to responsibility regarding sexuality -- whether they are homosexual or heterosexual, priest or lay person.
Our Catholic faith teaches that we are defined by something far deeper than sexual orientation; rather we are defined by our identity as children of God. We agree with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when he said, 'Every human being is loved by God the Father. No one need feel forgotten, for every name is written in the Lord's loving heart.' We encourage Catholics and all people of faith to pray for our culture.
As to whether or not Meier will ever be allowed to have a parish again, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese says "there is no comment at this time with regard to Fr. Meier's future."
Even Meier himself doesn't have much comment on his future -- he's not sure if he'll attempt to continue being a priest or if he'll enter a more secular existence. But he doesn't regret his time so far as a man of the cloth.
"I have no doubt I was called into the priesthood," he says. "Pretty amazing stuff has happened with God working through me."
Meier is having a second book launch and discussion at UMSL on Tuesday. Click here for more details.
H/T to Colleen Kelly.