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.