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Catholic University Priest Says He Was Fired for Posting LGBT 'NO H8' Photo on Facebook

A Catholic priest at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey has reportedly been fired from his job after posting a NO H8 photo on Facebook.

“I’ve been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT ‘No H8’.” wrote the Rev. Warren Hall (pictured below) on Twitter Friday. “I'm sorry it was met with this response. I'll miss my work here.”

Hall's initial tweet has since been deleted. On Friday he tweeted:

NJ Advance Media reports:

Hall"Seton Hall University does not comment on personnel matters," spokeswoman Laurie Pine said in a statement. "The Archbishop of Newark appoints the Director of Campus Ministry, who serves at his discretion."

Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the Archdiocese, declined to comment on the specifics of why Hall was removed from the campus ministry position, but did confirm that Hall's "term as director of campus ministry is ending."

Goodness said Hall will still serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, but will have a new assignment.

A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, Jim Goodness, declined to disclose the reasons for Hall’s 

A change.org petition demanding Hall's reinstatement already has over 2,500 signatures. 

From the petition:

This action is not in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ, nor is it line with the words of Pope Francis, current leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Washington Post adds Hall's firing "comes as the Catholic university’s men’s basketball team is recruiting Derrick Gordon, who is the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player."


Irish Photographer Exposes Stupidity of Anti-Gay Iona Institute: VIDEO

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6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d104076b970c-200wiWith Ireland's referendum on same-sex marriage getting closer and the anti-gay hatred spread by Catholic organizations increasing by the day, photographer Colin Phelan has exposed the absolute ridiculousness of the Iona Institute's arguments against marriage equality.

Phelan took photos with same-sex couples and paired them with quotes from the Iona Institute. The results? Just fantastic.

Iona is a particularly shady and unpleasant fake institute header by David Quinn and embarrassing mouthpiece Breda O'Brien (right).  Last year, Iona successfully sued national broadcaster RTE after Rory O'Neill / Panti Bliss suggested that they and others could well be homophobes.

Watch a report on O'Neill's comments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Irish Catholic Bishops Ramp Up Campaign Against Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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With Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage just 11 days away, the Catholic church is unsurprisingly upping their campaign for a 'No' vote, reports the Independent.

Although a priest from Donegal announced last week that he intends to vote in favor of same-sex marriage, six bishops have made public statements arguing against marriage equality.

Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, the most senior prelate in the west of Ireland, said the bishops were "not disparaging anyone" or being "disrespectful to same-sex relationships".

In a statement read out to congregations on Sunday, Neary incorrectly told the congregation that the referendum is about the family and not gay marriage.

The wording of the referendum is clearly stated:

“Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

Neary insisted that he is neither being conservative or “mean spirited” in his opposition, arguing - again, incorrectly - that civil partnerships give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.

Neary’s views were echoed by Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick, Bishop John Kirby of Clonfert, Bishop Ray Browne of Kerry, Bishop Phonsie Cullinan of Waterford and Lismore and Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore.

Last week, anti-gay activist group The Iona Institute released a deliberately misleading video arguing for a No vote in the May 22nd referendum, which you can watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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German Catholic Church to Allow Gay Employees to Enter Civil Unions

Fulda cathedralGermany's Roman Catholic Church has announced it will no longer automatically fire lay employees who divorce and remarry or enter into a civil union with someone of the same sex, Reunters reports:

"The new rule opens the way for decisions that do justice to the situations people live in," Alois Glueck, head of the lay Central Committee of German Catholics, said after the decision on new labor guidelines was announced on Tuesday.

Over two-thirds of Germany's 27 dioceses voted for the change, a Church spokesman said, indicating some opposition.

There is no worldwide Catholic policy on lay employees. German law allows churches to have their own labor rules that can override national guidelines.

But German courts have begun limiting the scope of Church labor laws and public opinion reacts badly when a Catholic hospital's head doctor is fired for remarrying or a teacher is sacked after her lesbian union is discovered.

Added Cologne Cardinal Rainer Woeliki: "The point is to limit the consequences of remarriage or a same-sex union to the most serious cases (that would) compromise the Church's integrity and credibility."


Omaha Catholic Students Rally Behind Gay Teacher Fired For His Marriage: VIDEO

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Matthew Eledge (below), an elementary school teacher, was informed that he wouldn’t be coming back to Skutt Catholic, a school in Omaha, after he made the decision to marry his long-time partner. Though there were no complaints launched against Eledge, he was dismissed from his job soon after announcing his engagement to other faculty members.

Jon McMahan, Skutt Catholic’s president, was quick to point out that the school was well within its rights to dismiss any teacher they felt were not aligned with the school’s beliefs.

"If a staff member cannot commit to Catholic church teachings and doctrines, he or she cannot continue to be on staff at Skutt Catholic," he explained.

EledgeSoon after Eledge’s dismissal an online petition was launched urging McMahan and Skutt’s staff to bring the beloved teacher back. In a little under a month over 95,000 signed the petition, though McMahan has stated that he’s firm in his decision.

Similarly undeterred, Skutt’s student body continued to rally around the teacher. Students donned t-shirts proclaiming their support for Eledge during the school’s annual fundraiser to create scholarships for students-in-need. Eledge joined 700 of his students last week for the school’s fundraiser where they raised about $21,000.

Watch a report on the student efforts to rally behind Eledge here


SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Backs Out of NOM's Anti-gay Hate March in D.C.

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Facing pressure from Catholics who view him as a church leader who fosters "an atmosphere of division and intolerance," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has pulled out of an expected appearance at the National Organization for Marriage's upcoming "March for Marriage" in D.C. this weekend.

CBS SF reports:

In a written statement, the Archdiocese of San Francisco said other Catholic bishops from around the country will attend the March for Marriage, saying it allows Cordileone to “remain home and attend to the pastoral needs of the Church here at this time.”

Cordileone has helped lead the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage. The archbishop attended last year’s rally in the nation’s capital over objections from local groups.

In February, Cordileone sparked a firestorm of controversy over proposed "purity tests" for Catholic schools that threaten termination for teachers who give any statement that contradicts church doctrine, including holding a position that homosexuality is anything other than "gravely evil."

Last week, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members published an open letter to Pope Francis urging him to replace Cordileone over his outspokenness on divisive issues.  

ViganoIn related news, HRC has published an open letter to the Pope asking that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the current Apostolic Nuncio leading the Holy See's diplomatic mission to the U.S., withdraw from his speaking role at the NOM rally.

"There is absolutely no room for an emissary of one of the world's great religions at an event that will espouse hate and bigotry and promote outright discrimination against LGBT Americans and their families," said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. "Pope Francis has continually emphasized love and acceptance in his tenure, but this event stands for anything but."

Read the HRC letter, AFTER THE JUMP...

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