Friday, August 4, 2006

Catholic Relief Rejects Openly Gay Priest Volunteer

I know the priest. When a good friend of mine was a seminarian for Syracuse, Fr. Daley was the vocation director.

From Syracuse.Com:

A priest of the Syracuse Diocese says Catholic Relief Services has dismissed him from its volunteer program in Africa because he is gay.

"They said I was an openly gay priest with a high profile. They said a controversial figure would not be in their best interests," said the Rev. Fred Daley, 58.

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Costello said he was disappointed by the decision.


  1. I oftenwonder how e know priests are gay. You can't really tell by looking unless the guy "flames". If he has come out publically is he really upholding the teachings? If he were to come out and say that he experiences same sex atraction but practices chastity that would be a great witness. If he just talks about how we need to accept homosexuality but doesn't emphasis the sinfulness of sodomy, well he's suspect.

    My response to this storey is dependant on how we know he is gay, and his public stance on active homosexuality.

    Maybe I'm just some sort of homophobe, but when clergy start making a big deal about thier sexuality--of any stripe--I begine to get a little leary.

  2. Well, if he's a "gay" priest with a high profile, then it's his "gayness" that's his priority, not following Christ. That his bishop is disappointed is a sad commentary on the bishop.

  3. The Bishop may be certainly be criticized for overzealous defence of his clerical charges, but when one considers an interesting data point I just encountered over at PapaRatzinger Forum

    then a more serious accusation may be levelled - why did this Prince of the Church need his African brothers to remind him of where pastoral focus in wealthy nations should lie? Our dear Pope sets a fine example to follow, if he cares to study it:

    excerpted from John Allen's column
        "It's worth noting that over his first year and a half in office, Pope Benedict has spoken about Africa roughly four times more often than he has about sexual morality, though one wouldn't know it from disproportionate Western interest in the sexual topics."