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Philadelphia Catholic college refuses to renew contract of homosexual ‘priest’

Catholic World News - February 28, 2011

A Philadelphia-area Catholic college has decided not to offer a new part-time teaching contract to an openly homosexual “priest” of a self-described “independent Catholic” parish that is not in communion with the Holy See. Jim St. George has taught courses in Scripture and religion at Chestnut Hill College for the past year.

“It was with great disappointment we learned through St. George’s public statements of his involvement in a gay relationship with another man for the past 15 years,” said Sister Carol Vale, the college’s president. “It is important to note that this information came to our attention only after St. George chose to make his private life public information on his blog.”

“While we welcome diversity, it is expected that all members of our College community, regardless of their personal beliefs, respect and uphold our Roman Catholic mission, character and values both in the classroom and in public statements that identify them with our school.”

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Feb. 28, 2011 10:28 PM ET USA

    The church of St.Miriam offers participation in "Catholic tradition". What tradition would that be,finding a church that lets one continue in and justify one's sinful behavior? Amazingly easy for the father of lies to find gullible souls.

  • Posted by: filioque - Feb. 28, 2011 7:29 PM ET USA

    According to the Inquirer story, Sr. Carol said he called himself "Father" and wore a Roman collar. Apparently, that's all it takes. So they never asked were he was educated, ordained, incardinated?

  • Posted by: Savanarola - Feb. 28, 2011 5:57 PM ET USA

    There is more to this story. St. Miriam Church has been running anti-Catholic attack ads in the Philadelphia area. See

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Feb. 28, 2011 8:06 AM ET USA

    The school is right to terminate this man's position based on a flagrantly immoral personal life, but the bigger question is how he got hired in the first place given his affiliation with an heretical sect ('Old Catholics').

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