A brave priest in New Jersey named Fr. Joseph Astarita is now facing some heat for doing the right thing. Please send Fr. Joseph an email to support him in his faithfulness: firstname.lastname@example.org. The story is summarized below.
A gay choir director at a Catholic church in New Jersey has quit his job because he says the priest is making his work environment hostile.
Russell, who grew up Catholic, said his work environment has become hostile since a new priest took over and started strongly preaching against homosexuality.
“The sermon line was that marriage between two men is a lie,” Russell said. (Source)
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Russell said it wasn’t the sermon, but what the priest told him in private that made him realize it was time to go.
“When I spoke to Father Joseph and I told him that I was a gay man in a domestic-partner relationship, he told me that he would eventually like a children’s choir and that I wouldn’t be a good example to lead a children’s choir,” Russell said. (Source)
Based on this account from the “victim” it sounds like Fr. Joseph was surprisingly gentle and “pastoral” in how he spoke to Mr. Russell. He doesn’t sound very “hostile” to me. He didn’t make any threats or condemnations. He didn’t even address the sin directly, but expressed his concern indirectly by stating that it wouldn’t be a good example for the children. He did exactly what every priest should do in a similar situation. Unfortunately, in this day of compromise and persecution, such an act of faithfulness becomes heroic.
It’s unfortunate that Mr. Russell chose to leave the parish rather than repent and turn away from his homosexual lifestyle. He may yet do it in the future, who knows?
May God bless you, Fr. Joseph, for your dedication and truthfulness.
Why don’t you take 30 seconds to give this priest a little support and encouragement? email@example.com.