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Long Island parish removes lector after same-sex marriage

April 05, 2013

A Catholic parish on Long Island has removed a man from his roles as lector and religious-education instructor after the local diocese was informed that the man had joined his homosexual partner in a “marriage” ceremony.

Nicholas Coppola says that he was shocked when informed that he could not engage in public ministry. He said that he had been openly gay for years, and many parishioners of St. Anthony’s church had attended his matrimonial ceremony last October.

The parish apparently took action after a complaint was submitted to Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Center. Diocesan officials emphasized that Coppola had not been excluded from the parish, but only from parish ministries.


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  • Posted by: FredC - Apr. 07, 2013 10:07 AM ET USA

    Here is a case of God drawing good out of evil.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 05, 2013 7:22 PM ET USA

    Why is everyone always, "Shocked"? He was a lector and RE instructor and he didn't know what he did was wrong? This says so much, including the state of religious instruction in this country.