Archbishop John Nienstedt asked a music director in Victoria, Minnesota, to resign from his position after the director married his longtime partner over the weekend, WCCO reports.
The station says Parish members at St. Victoria's Catholic Church were notified of the pending resignation of music director Jamie Moore by their priest, Father Bob White, in an email.
White also posted word of the resignation on St. Victoria's website, which said in part, "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."
Taken aback by the resignation, longtime parish member Chub Schmieg told FOX 9 he expects a lot of questions will be asked, and tears will be shed, when White addresses the resignation at masses Saturday and Sunday.
"I believe the church has more serious problems to be concerned with than whether a gay or lesbian person is in the church," Schmieg told the station. "It has lots of other issues to handle first."
Longtime St. Victoria's member Dale Carroll told WCCO he'll miss Moore, but understands the Catholic Church's stance on the matter.
“Whatever they choose for us, that’s what we have to put up with,” Carroll told the station.
Nienstedt issued a statement about the resignation, saying, in part, "In terms of the situation at St. Victoria, I was consulted about the employment matter and I responded by saying the teachings of the Church must be upheld, including the pastoral response of working with an employee whose actions are contrary to the Catholic faith."
WCCO points out Nienstedt never mentioned the Catholic Church's stance against gay marriage in the statement.
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