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Gay man will not become president of city’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Catholic World News - August 16, 2010

Following consultation with Archbishop Robert Carlson, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis will not permit a man who has lived in a homosexual relationship for two decades to run for the society’s president. The society serves the poor in eastern Missouri.

“I was told that I could not run for president because my living relationship goes against Catholic moral teaching,” said Jeffrey Goldone, vice president of the society’s board of directors.

“The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has a regulation that members running for president live a life according to Church teaching,” said Archbishop Carlson. “I clarified what Church teaching is in the matter of homosexuality.”

“We serve all people without discrimination,” added Zip Rzeppa, the society’s executive director. “And please note we are not discriminating against Jeff Goldone, a man who has done much good. He disqualified himself for the position of president by choosing to live a lifestyle of illicit sexual union, which falls outside the teachings of the Catholic Church, and outside the qualifications of the Society's international Rule.”

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  • Posted by: pcgondreau8983 - Aug. 16, 2010 11:45 PM ET USA

    "I was told I could not run for president because my living relationship goes against Catholic moral teaching"--he makes it sound like said moral teaching is news to him. Well...considering the vapid, watered-down instruction most Catholics receive (usually from the pulpit), I wouldn't be surprised if such teaching were news to him!

  • Posted by: marttywinston6762 - Aug. 16, 2010 2:22 PM ET USA

    The Legion of Mary, which grew out of the SVP Society, has the following requirement for membership (p.80, Legio Mariae, 1993): "1. The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics who: (a) faithfully practise their religion...." I assume this is not a requirement for SVP membership?

  • Posted by: New Sister - Aug. 16, 2010 10:44 AM ET USA

    "illicit"? Try "immoral", "evil", or "ojectively sinful"! The word "illicit" implies that the situation could otherwise be valid...why is everyone so afraid of the gay agenda? It's terribly uncharitable to not fully represent Catholic truth before them.

  • Posted by: Salome - Aug. 16, 2010 7:05 AM ET USA

    Never mind, old chap. As a consolation prize, you can be a Lutheran pastor.

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