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Catholic priest champions non-discrimination ordinance

Timothy Kincaid

March 15th, 2011

It isn’t that often that I have anything complimentary to say about the current state of the Catholic Church and its practices, so I’m not letting this opportunity pass by. (Gay Socialites)

Rev. Joseph Breen of the St. Edward Church in Nashville, Tennessee is standing up for the LGBT community.

Breen penned a letter to the Metro Council that also ran in the Tennessean this week encouraging the elected officials to get behind a bill meant to eliminate anti-gay bias when it comes to contracts with the city.

“I ask you to approve this bill banning discrimination by city contractors against gay, lesbian and transgender people,” Breen wrote in a letter sent to each member of Nashville’s Metro Council (and also published in the Tennessean). “I fully support the spirit of inclusion rather than exclusion in our great city and ask you to do the same with your vote of approval,” he added.

Clearly Father Breen has given up on any hope of ever becoming bishop and is now just seeking to better the lives of those in his parish, his city, and his community. I wonder if the Diocese will retaliate.

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TonyJazz
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

Taking an obviously moral stance is bound to hurt him within the church.

…and isn’t that very, very sad…

Jimmy Mac
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

Joe Breen has been in so much trouble with his bishop for so long on so many platforms that this example of his integrity and honesty will hardly cause a ripple. His parisihoners love him and he is a hero in a world of cowardly priests.

Jerry
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

T K asks if the diocese will retaliate. That’s like asking if bears defecate in the woods.

Jimmy Mac
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

Here’s a look at how he is CONSTANTLY

Jimmy Mac
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

Oops – CONSTANTLY up to his a** in alligators with his bishop:

1. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1141/is_n7_v30/ai_14745811/
2. http://www.newschannel5.com/story/12958808/priest-may-be-disciplined-for-video-against-catholic-teachings?redirected=true
3. http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=DN&Date=20100809&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=8090805&Ref=PH

Rob in San Diego
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

See, even in the church there IS a separation of church and state. Ya see, it’s OK to discriminate in the church, but not by our elected government.

MattNYC
March 16th, 2011 | LINK

Forced retirement soon? They can and will silence those who disagree with the Fuhrer–er, I mean Herr Pope.

Soren456
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

Prior to Anita Bryant, the RCC was frequently a supporter of gay rights ordinances. If I read history right, this wouldn’t have been a surprise in the mid-70s.

Times change, huh?

A.
March 18th, 2011 | LINK

they will get rid of him.

retirement, move to some place in the middle of nowhere, etc.

anywhere effectively silencing him

BenNate
March 21st, 2011 | LINK

I like that Father Joseph supports this, as he sees it as what it is: a social justice issue.

My diocese supports non-discrimination in all aspects as far as it is a social issue. Some issues, such as marriage, is viewed as a moral issue, and as such, they cannot support it.

That is why they showed support for domestic partnership benefits in my city, but only up to there, as they see that marriage is a moral issue over a social one.

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