Homosexualsity and Catholicism: Pope’s words open door to confusion, says US bishop

Michael Templeton was fired from his job as music director at the Church of St Mary in Providence after the pastor learned about the employee's same-sex marriage.

By: AP | Providence | Published:October 12, 2016 10:03 pm
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An ideological tug of war in a Rhode Island church illustrates the confusion that permeates some US Roman Catholic parishes over Pope Francis’ words on homosexuality.

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Michael Templeton was fired from his job as music director at the Church of St Mary in Providence after the pastor learned about the employee’s same-sex marriage.

Francis is being cited by both Templeton and by Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, known for taking a hard line on church teachings and being critical of Francis.

Francis’ famous declaration “Who am I to judge?”in 2013 energized Catholics who had pushed the church to accept gays and lesbians.

But a gay Catholic’s fate largely depends on his diocese or individual pastor.

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