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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.

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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jacquebquique
jacquebquique

The fact that SNAP found out that he taught at 11 schools in 11 years should have sent up a "rad flag".  The teaching profession is saturated with gays.  Don't ask.  Don't tell.  Who cares?  However, that is why this individual was allowed to continue in the profession.  I say this as a former teacher.

velvetkissd
velvetkissd

that is his choice. but the Bible clearly says man and woman....not man and man..

velvetkissd
velvetkissd

he ought to be ashamed of himself, it is a sin, i am not judging him. just saying what the Bible says

CheckpointCharlie73
CheckpointCharlie73 topcommenter

He certainly looks like a weiner biter. He has that classic overbite. 

mkgrace521
mkgrace521

Pope Francis on Homosexuality:

..."At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God's law engraved in our hearts.

This is not simply a political struggle, but an attempt to destroy God's plan. It is not just a bill but a move of the Father of Lies, who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."

What does this priest think?  He must to be faithful and loyal to Jesus Christ and his Holy Catholic, not to his own beliefs and abnormal tendencies. IMO He's already taken sides and he has sided with Satan.




Rebecca Hohm
Rebecca Hohm

There's a lot of hate being commented here. I thought Christians weren't supposed to judge?

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

We are all sinners. Priests included. As long as he is not harming another, I do not care. But his choice to come out publicly is disturbing. Do other priests mention they are heterosexuals? His broadcasting his sexual orientation is common amongst active gays. They want everyone to know it. Clue: we do not need to know it,and often we already do. Keep your private life private, especially if you are a priest.

Marita Donalds
Marita Donalds

I find nothing wrong with this. Father Meier's sexual orientation does not define his character or ability to be a good Priest. And that's all that should matter. Since God supposedly created him, he should be welcome in his church as well!

Corwin Gibson
Corwin Gibson

imagine that. antoher homo in the catholic church.....

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

I fully support and recognize the rights of Mr. Meier being gay....However, The Catholic Church has the right to excommunicate him. Furthermore, why would one wanna stay part of an institution like this, anyway? Lastly, I hope they do kick him out. I'm not really interested in the religions of the world accommodating secular views... It's a bunch easier bringing people to atheism when religions appear and practice what they actually base their belief on.

Lynn Pevey
Lynn Pevey

I say so long as he has never committed a heinous act against a child or another human being then he should be allowed to follow his heart. Whether that be to remain a priest or quit and find another path in life he'd like to take. Good luck with that, Fr. Meier. :D

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

Well no, they're still human (and therefore sexual) beings.

Sarah G Mitchell
Sarah G Mitchell

No! its shocking! I thought you all just laid around watching porn.

Markie
Markie

@CheckpointCharlie73 Oh, Charlie 73, we try to stay away from those with an overbite. It's much better when they take out their teeth!

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