Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Archbishop Nienstedt Terminates Music Director After Gay-Marriage

A music director at a Minnesota Catholic church was forced to resign after he married his long-time partner.

Jamie Moore had been the music director at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria.

This past weekend, Moore married his partner, Garrett.
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After marrying his long-time partner over the weekend, parishioners got an email from Father Bob White.

It told them that Archbishop John Nienstedt had asked for Moore’s resignation, and Moore intended to resign.

In a statement, Nienstedt said he was contacted by St. Victoria about the situation with Moore, and he told parish leaders that the church’s teachings must be upheld.

Nienstedt referred to the church’s code of conduct — a policy all church employees sign upon employment, which states the following:

“The … conduct of church employees can inspire and motivate people, but it can also scandalize and undermine their faith. Church employees must … recognize and accept the responsibilities that accompany their ministry.”
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I wish I could relay the last AOTM I attended, it touched on what employees sign.  Basically, the only safe way to avoid lawsuits is to not leave it vague - it can be argued in civil law that a person does not know what the intent of say "the responsibilities that accompany their ministry."  It should literally lay out the common topics of the day, like gay unions or invalid marriages.  The argument could be made if you have a second "marriage" Catholic in Church ministry, this is just as scandalous(it is in my opinion).  So ya better be consistent is the point.  

1 comment:

  1. Good...he did the right thing...
    SG

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