Archbishop John Nienstedt, an ardent opponents of LGBT rights, forced the resignation of a music director at St. Victoria Parish in Victoria, Minn.
According to a message on the parish website from Father Bob White, Moore was asked by Nienstedt to resign his position because he married his long-time partner last weekend:
Our beloved Director of Music, Jamie Moore, married his long-time partner Garrett this past weekend.
Since Jamie’s marriage conflicts with official Church teaching, Archbishop Nienstedt asked for Jamie’s resignation.
Jamie has indicated that he intends to go along with the Archbishop’s request. Jamie will be sorely missed, and we wish him every happiness.
This situation continues to develop, and I will provide more information, and a pastoral perspective, at the Masses this coming weekend, September 27-28.
Several Catholic employees have been fired or forced to resign in recent years including a school teacher in Moorhead who opposed an anti-gay marriage amendment, and a principal in Minneapolis who was forced to resign when he revealed he was in a committed, 18-year releationshp