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Australian archbishop warns Church workers: same-sex marriage may lead to dismissal

August 22, 2017

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Australia, has warned that Church employees could lose their jobs if they enter into same-sex marriages.

“Our teachers, our parish employees are expected totally to uphold the Catholic faith and what we believe about marriage,” said the archbishop, who is the president of the Australian bishops’ conference. He said that the Church will not change her teaching on marriage, and Church workers will be expected to respect those teachings. “Any words or actions which work contrary to that would be viewed very seriously,” he said.

The archbishop said that local churches would be responsible for addressing situations in which Church employees are at odds with Church teaching.


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  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Aug. 23, 2017 10:17 AM ET USA

    Here in Germany, the Church absolutely welcomes adulterers and sodomites as Church workers, as long as they pay their government-mandated Church tax. I am not making this up: German Catholics can violate any commandment they want to, as long as they keep the money flowing in. That money makes the Archdiocese of Cologne, for example, richer than the Vatican. So, ever wonder why German cardinals have such influence with this pope? Follow the money. Again, I'm not making this up. Check it out.

  • Posted by: jackbene3651 - Aug. 22, 2017 10:55 PM ET USA

    I suppose this means that the Australian government will flog Cardinal Pell even harder.