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Gay lector seeks reinstatement in Long Island parish

April 12, 2013

An openly homosexual man has petitioned the Rockville Center, New York diocese, asking to be reinstated as a lector and religious-education instructor in his parish.

Nicholas Coppola, who was removed from his parish posts after the diocese learned that he had entered into a same-sex marriage, presented a petition signed by 18,000 people asking for his reinstatement.

Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Center declined to meet with Coppola and his supporters. A spokesman for the diocese said that Coppola would not be allowed to hold parish office insofar as he has placed himself in opposition to Church teachings.


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  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Apr. 15, 2013 2:21 PM ET USA

    Defender, ...and he got 18,000 signatures from his supporters. If he were Protestant, he could breakaway and start his own Church.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 12, 2013 5:04 PM ET USA

    It's so easy for publicity to follow gays who defy the Church. To think this guy actually thinks that he is entitled to reclaim his ministries just shows how much he doesn't understand the Church and, therefore, most certainly should not be in a position to "teach" it.