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Report: James McGreevey Taking Steps to be Episcopal Priest

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey has begun the process of becoming an Episcopal priest and plans to enter a seminary program this fall, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports:

Mcgreevey_priest"McGreevey, who often described himself as a devout Catholic while in public office, was officially received into the Episcopal religion on Sunday, at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan, and is now part of the church's 'discernment' phase that usually precedes any seminary work, said the Rev. Kevin Bean, vicar at St. Bartholomew. 'This process that he's in right now, is not going to be some snap of the finger, overnight process. That will not happen. That's not how it works. He knows that,' Bean said. 'And so at the parish level, and at the diocesan level, everyone knows that this is a process that ... intentionally is deliberate. You don't enter into it unadviseably.'"

McGreevey was not available for comment, according to the paper, but friends of McGreevey say the news comes as no surprise.

Said David France, the co-author of McGreevey's memoir: "His spiritual life has always been central to who he is. From the time he was a kid, he thought about going into Catholic seminary a number of times. The idea of going into the Episcopal seminary has been in his mind for at least a couple of years."

And we have the first photos! Actually, just a little imaginary shot we created of future Father Jim.

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  1. I am totally surprised that no one is speaking out in defense of his choice to follow his bliss wherever it takes him (even if he is a lying, narcissistic crackpot who only came out of the closet when threatened by what was essentially a pending legal action).

    Oops. I think I just answered my own question.

    Okay, new question: when did we all become so jaded?

    Posted by: feral | May 3, 2007 12:43:52 AM

  2. he is a mess!

    Posted by: Travis | May 3, 2007 12:44:57 AM

  3. I wish he would just go away.

    Posted by: Patrick | May 3, 2007 1:31:52 AM

  4. When I saw the headline, I did a double take and wondered if it was April 1st.

    Posted by: RJ | May 3, 2007 1:56:56 AM

  5. let me be the ONLY POSITIVE one here and say,


    Posted by: johnosahon | May 3, 2007 2:13:38 AM

  6. Don't get too lonely there Johnosahon.

    Ever since this guy was on Oprah with his boyfriend (who cried over what a wonderful man he is) i knew he was just seeking the lime light. As someone else said...a middle aged man version of Paris Hilton.

    Posted by: stephen | May 3, 2007 6:34:40 AM

  7. Puke

    Posted by: shane | May 3, 2007 7:38:05 AM

  8. What a has been.

    Posted by: Christopher | May 3, 2007 9:02:24 AM

  9. Can we say bipolar in the manic phase. When will this man take a rest and think about what he is doing?

    Posted by: Bill | May 3, 2007 9:23:33 AM

  10. That darn Gene Robinson has been getting too much attention! Mover over girl, there's a new Gay American Episcopalian in town!

    Posted by: sam | May 3, 2007 9:48:24 AM

  11. He needs some counsel from Howard Bragman.

    Posted by: Nato | May 3, 2007 10:25:05 AM

  12. When McGreevey finally marries Reichen THEN can we never hear about either one ever again?


    Posted by: 24play | May 3, 2007 10:40:00 AM

  13. Put him on a boat with britney and paris and send them to the "Lost" island.

    Posted by: tommy | May 3, 2007 10:56:59 AM

  14. Tim writes, "this dude creeps me out."

    That is *exactly* what I was just about to post, verbatim.

    Posted by: scottevill | May 3, 2007 11:36:35 AM

  15. OMG. Is this for real? LMAO

    Posted by: WTF | May 3, 2007 12:03:48 PM

  16. His reputation and political career is in ruins..I'm glad to see him doing something positive...good boy

    Posted by: Dave | May 3, 2007 12:09:08 PM


    Posted by: biggayneil | May 3, 2007 9:53:11 PM


    Posted by: biggayneil | May 3, 2007 9:53:40 PM

  19. Well, He will fit right in with the other priests...watch out altarboys!

    Posted by: J | May 3, 2007 10:56:49 PM

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