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Canadian Military Promotes Gay Priest to Head Chaplain Position

FletcherBrig.-Gen. John Fletcher, a gay priest and "career military man," is the new Chaplain General of the Canadian military. 

“I equally understand that some people will be excited and encouraged by the openness of my own church, to allow me to exercise this ministry and certainly encouraged that I’m free to work within a Canadian military that simply doesn’t discriminate on (the basis of) these things,” the Toronto Star reported him as saying. 

Fletcher came out in 1992, shortly after a ruling that eliminated the Canadian military's ban on gays. 

From The Star:

Currently, the military doesn’t have a specific policy regarding gay or lesbian personnel, said Capt. Matt Zalot, chief of military personnel public affairs, in an email.

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Fletcher, who has been with his partner for 16 years, pointed out that 50 years ago there were no public, homosexual role models. Now, the Ottawa-based priest lives in a province where the sitting premier, Kathleen Wynne, is also Canada’s first openly gay premier.

“I see (my situation) as just another example of that same sort of trend that we as Canadians should celebrate and embrace,” he said, adding that we should “continue to look at the barriers that might be elsewhere that are keeping people from pursuing vocations they are qualified, or feeling called to go and do.”

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  1. He is a cleric in the Anglican Church of Canada, the Canadian province of the Church of England.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 17, 2013 1:18:01 PM


  2. Yeah, you should probably qualify either the headline or somewhere in the body of the article, a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada, esp. since the article mentions his long relationship with his partner.

    Posted by: clint | Sep 17, 2013 5:01:38 PM


  3. Why clarify headline? As an Anglican myself, when I see the word priest, I automatically assume Anglican. Doesn't everyone?

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Sep 17, 2013 6:41:51 PM


  4. I would expect a chaplain to respect people of any sexual orientation, just as I would expect him to respect people of all faiths (and even those of no faith).

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 17, 2013 9:17:42 PM


  5. pls i would like to have the email address of Brig.-Gen. John Fletcher for a private discussion,you reach me through my email address it is urgent or any other gay prist
    thanks kris

    Posted by: charle eluwa | Oct 30, 2013 5:04:56 PM


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