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Kansas Catholic church fires gay music director

Joseph Nadeau is the music director of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park, Kansas, also serves a similar role at Kansas City’s Heartland Men’s Chorus. However his contract with the church will end in June because he refused to publicly state that being gay was a disorder, among other nonsense. (365gay):

In January, St. Agnes Catholic Church hierarchy summoned Nadeau into a closed-door meeting, he said. Pastor Gary Appelgate told Nadeau that to continue as music director, he needed to resign from Kansas City’s Heartland Men’s Chorus, take a vow of celibacy and acknowledge that homosexuality was a disorder, Nadeau said.

“Science and psychology have taught us that homosexuality isn’t a disorder,” said Nadeau. “If I had agreed to that, I would have felt like I was being very dishonest with myself. And I think there are a lot of parishioners who feel the same way.”

Officials with St. Agnes refused interview requests, and the Archdiocese of Kansas City said it would not discuss personnel issues. But staff confirmed that after eight years of service, Nadeau’s contract will officially expire in June.

…”The most divisive issue in American religion today is homosexuality, and the Roman Catholic church is absolutely shut down on this,” said Bernie Schlager, a gay former organist who now works for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. “I knew that as a gay person I had to leave the church because of the danger of being fired at any time with no recourse.”

It wasn’t always that way. Nadeau was hired with the blessing of the current Archbishop, who had no problem with Nadeau holding both positions, but the leadership changed…

Later that year, former Kansas City Archbishop James Keleher told Nadeau if he kept his two jobs separate, he did not see a problem with his other position.

The leadership at the archdiocese changed last year. In January, Nadeau said Applegate informed him that his membership in a “gay-affirming” group kept him from living out church doctrine.

May Papa Ratzi’s house come falling down if all the gay folks and allies step out.

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