Website launched to 'out' Catholic priests
A website was launched today to 'out' gay Catholic priests who are socially 'out' but professionally closeted, or who are having heterosexual affairs.
The website was launched as a response to the Archdiocese of the Catholic Church who is threatening to withdraw an entire network of its social services in the District of Columbia if the city accepts a bill legalizing gay marriage.
The site, which is founded by political consultant Phil Attey, encourages those with knowledge of a priest’s closeted homosexuality, or with knowledge of those who are having a heterosexual affair, to come forward.
A new local Internet and social media campaign was launched today in response to increasing anti-gay attacks by Archbishop Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington and to a 57 page Pastoral Letter, which was passed today by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) affirming the national church leadership’s opposition to recognition of civil marriage between same sex couples.
ChurchOuting.org is a clearinghouse for reports of priests who are openly gay men in social settings yet professionally closeted in their parishes. The campaign will also accept reports of heterosexual priests who are involved in romantic or sexual relationships, yet support the Archbishop’s efforts to harm lesbian and gay families.
The site was created to provide an outlet to save LGBT children from the hypocrisy of priets in the Archdioces of Washington who engage in romantic and sexual relationships, and yet stand silent with Archbishop Wuerl and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops increase their dogmatic war against all LGBT children of God.
ChurchOuting.org is encouraging every Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Washington DC, gay and straight, to stand up for what is right and to give their support for marriage equality in the District through the Clergy United for Marriage Equality pledge.
According to Attey:
"The Church hierarchy has crossed the line in diverting the mission of the church from helping the poor and caring for the sick to waging political campaigns to strip LGBT citizens of civil rights protections. We can no longer remain silent while this happens. Nor can our parish priests."
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