MA priest yanked from pulpit for pro-gay marriage bulletin
In a sign of the stakes facing Catholic Church leaders as they seek to prohibit same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, the bishop of Worcester temporarily pulled a Westborough priest from the altar Sunday after the pastor printed an item in the parish bulletin calling a proposed ban on gay unions ”an attack” on homosexuals.
”The priests of this parish do not feel they can support this amendment,” read the item in the bulletin of St. Luke the Evangelist Church, where the Rev. George O. Lange is the pastor and the Rev. Steven M. LaBaire is the parochial vicar. ”They do not see any value to it, and they see it as an attack upon certain people in our parish, namely those who are gay.”
After the item appeared on Sept. 11, Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester took the altar at two Masses last weekend and delivered homilies exhorting St. Luke parishioners to support the amendment, which would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Lange would normally celebrate those Masses.
The bishop told the parishioners that the bulletin item was ”unacceptable,” according to his spokesman, Raymond L. Delisle.