Gary Meier, Openly Gay St. Louis Priest, Reacts to Pope Francis' Remarks on Homosexuality

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When Daily RFT reached Father Gary Meier yesterday afternoon he was waiting for a car service to pick him up and take him to a television studio for a satellite interview with CNN.

"I don't like the cars," he grumbled, saying he prefers to drive himself.

Meier has been inundated with interview requests ever since Pope Francis gave a surprising response to reporters who asked him, essentially, what his views are on homosexual priests.

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" the Holy Father answered in Italian.

As one of only a handful of priests to come out as openly gay, Meier has become a kind of de facto spokesman for the gay clergy, and news outlets from around the country (including this one) have been eager to hear his thoughts.

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Earlier this spring, Meier revealed himself to be the author of a 2011 book called Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest. It was previously published under the name "Anonymous." Meier left his parish at Saints Teresa & Bridget Parish in north St. Louis a year ago to attend University of Missouri-St. Louis full time, but also because he says he could no longer abide by the church's anti-gay teachings. Today he is a licensed social worker with a private practice and runs the website Rising Voices, a place for LGBT-friendly Catholics.

Here is video of Pope Francis making the remark on the papal plane back from a visit to Brazil.

"I am surprised. I'm optimistic," Meier says of the remarks. "What a great thing to hear something other than outright anti-gay, hostile statements."

Meier notes that, although a welcome shift in tone from his predecessor, the Pope's statements are not exactly a statement of welcome to lesbian, gay and transgender clergy or parishioners. And Pope Francis has a backlog of very unfriendly comments about gays, especially when he lobbied against a law in his native Argentina legalizing gay marriage. He called the practice of gay parents being allowed to adopt "discrimination against children." (Here's Salon's list of the five worst quotes Pope Francis gave about homosexuality.)

"We're a long ways away from saying homosexuality is a gift and not a cross," says Meier. "My hope is that we can start having the conversation. Let's have the conversation. Let's talk about it. Wouldn't it be great if more gay priests came out?"

Father Meier also e-mailed Daily RFT a lengthier statement of his thoughts. Check it out after the jump.

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ralphnadolny
ralphnadolny

MEMO to ROMAN CATHOLICS . .  By way of a postscript:

Cardinal Jose Sanchez, at the time secretary for the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, did not hesitate to say, “I have no reason to doubt the accuracy of those figures” when he was presented with studies that claimed that at any one time between 45 and 50 percent of clergy are not practicing celibacy. [1]

Citation: [1] BBC (Panorama production by Mark Dowd, 1993) and “Sins of the Fathers” 1995.

*********Those who engage in acts which the RC Catechism (Par. 2357: 141, 142) defines and describes as “depraved”, “intrinsically disordered” and “unnatural” show by their EXAMPLE they are neither fit nor qualified to teach children morals that are alien to their own experience and which they themselves do not embrace nor model.

Parents need to consider the disturbing implications of these sobering realities and how this impacts the instruction their children are receiving in the solemn matters of faith and morals from those who fail to practice what they preach! 

The voices of those who have legitimate concerns in these matters must not be muted to acquiesce to those who are driving the agenda which seeks to legitimize, sanitize and normalize the homosexual lifestyle choice. 

Those who subscribe to traditional family values cannot remain in the Roman Catholic "church"  

Time for responsible parents to act decisively in the interests of THEIR CHILDREN and do the right thing in the sight of God!

Roman Catholicism is not Christ's Church!
JuneAnnette, a Christian & Witness for Christ & Ralph's wife


ralphnadolny
ralphnadolny

Memo to Roman Catholics . . .  especially those who subscribe to traditional family values. .

The pope and those in his camp have deliberately decided to ignore the findings of the National Review Board, convened under the auspices of the USCCB, which identified the root cause of the RC Clergy Abuse as "homosexual predation of Catholic youth". In a paid AD / OP ED piece entitled: "Straight Talk and the Catholic Church,"placed in the NYT on April 11, 2011 by Bill Donahue, of the Catholic League, Mr. Donahue wrote:

“... Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins, has said that “This behavior was homosexual predation on American Catholic youth, yet it’s not being discussed.”By the way, the figures after 2004 haven’t changed—eight in ten cases involve homosexuality. Worldwide, the Vatican estimates that 60 percent of the cases are same-sex, 30 percent are heterosexual and 10 percent involve pedophilia.” (end quote).

More recently, Al Notzon III, former chairman of the National Review Board, a lay body that advises the US bishops in combating clerical sexual abuse, disputed a 2011 John Jay College of Criminal Justice study that found no link between homosexuality and clerical abuse. He said:

1) "The majority of victims are still post-pubescent males … When you hire an independent researcher [group], they reach their own conclusions. I don’t agree with their conclusion in this instance — when 83% of cases are male on male."

Citation: 1) Article ONLINE:

'National Review Board chair disputes John Jay report, links homosexuality to clerical abuse' / Source: CWN – Catholic World News.

So while the pope's remarks are unarguably “politically correct”, they once more betray the moral and spiritual bankruptcy of the Roman Catholic “church”!

ROMAN CATHOLICISM is not Christ's Church!

JuneAnnette, a Christian & Witness for Christ & Ralph's wife

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

we are...who we are...created by God that way, not so complicated

John Korst
John Korst

The only reason I can see for an "openly gay" priest is to offer specialized counsel to gay parishioners. Otherwise, since all priests/nuns are forbidden by God and the Church to perform any sexual acts there is no reason to discuss personal sexuality.

Gail Nagel Brown
Gail Nagel Brown

I'm confused. How can you be an "openly gay priest"? If you are a priest and you can't have sex with a female or male, and not get married, why announce you're gay and what difference would his opinion make?

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

The leaders of Christianity have started seeing a massive drop off in their following, and subsequently came together to make a list of things they need to change for damage control (they've done this before). Then they told the old pope "Either you take the hit as the first pope to speak on changing our ways, or we're gonna find a guy that's willing", and this pope was willing. Once again, if your book is so sacred and holy, you shouldn't be redacting all its teachings (Teachings that happened to enforce conformity in a way that political leaders couldn't at the time).

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