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Roman Catholic Priest In Milwaukee Came Out As Gay To His Congregation

Rev. Gregory Greiten told his congregation this past Sunday, “I am Greg. I am a Roman Catholic priest. And, yes, I am gay!"

The priest serves the St. Bernadette Parish in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and after coming out to them he then came out the rest of the world through a column in the National Catholic Reporter.

In the article, Greiten says that even though there are somewhere between 8,554 and 21,571 gay Catholic priests in the United States (a number he got from "The Changing Face of the Priesthood"), many stay in the closet as the Church still considers homosexuality a sin.

In the article, he wrote:

"By choosing to enforce silence, the institutional church pretends that gay priests and religious do not really exist. Because of this, there are no authentic role models of healthy, well-balanced, gay, celibate priests to be an example for those, young and old, who are struggling to come to terms with their sexual orientation. This only perpetuates the toxic shaming and systemic secrecy."

Though the church does condemn homosexuality in its text, Greiten has been lucky enough to be graced with acceptance and love from those surrounding him.

Not only did he receive a standing ovation from his congregation when he came out, but even Milwaukee’s Archbishop Jerome Listecki is on his side.

In a statement made on Monday, Listecki expressed his support of Greiten.

"We support Father Greiten in his own, personal journey and telling his story of coming to understand and live with his sexual orientation.  As the Church teaches, those with same-sex attraction must be treated with understanding and compassion. As priests who have made a promise to celibacy, we know that every week there are people in our pews who struggle with the question of homosexuality.”

Now, with the support of others, Gregory Greiten wishes to live and preach outside of the “shadows of secrecy.”

"I have lived far too many years chained up and imprisoned in the closet behind walls of shame, trauma and abuse because of the homophobia and discrimination so prevalent in my church and the world. But rather, today, I chart a new course in freedom and in integrity knowing that there is nothing that anyone can do to hurt or destroy my spirit any longer. First steps in accepting and loving the person God created me to be. 'I am Greg. I am a Roman Catholic priest. And, yes, I am gay!' "

New "Our Bible" App Wants To Make Christianity LGBTQ-Friendly

A new app is trying to appeal to LGBTQ Christians and make them feel welcome in the faith.

The “Our Bible” app tries to present Christianity as welcoming and non-offensive to minority groups like LGBTQ people by featuring a gender neutral God, including pro-women sentiment, and involving people of color in its stories.

The app’s creator is Crystal Cheatham and she created the app to show others that homosexuality and Christianity can intermingle.

“It crushed me so hard,” she told PBS. “When I came out, I was told by ministers so far above me that I couldn’t be an out lesbian and also be on the stage as a leader, and it crushed me.”

“I had to decide between this love for my God and my personal identity,” she said.

Cheatham also shared more on Twitter ehind the reasoning for the app’s creation. She says it was because her experiences with the Seventh-day Adventist church showed her more acceptance was needed in Christian society.

“When I did come out, I found it extremely hard to figure out where I belonged and what I should be doing. It was really tough,” she said.

The app includes several features such as a library of Bibles, translations, daily Bible verses, meditation, and optional interaction with social media.

The “Our Bible” app is hoping to launch at the end of this month somewhere between December 25-30.

Romanian Orthodox Bishop Forced To Leave After A Gay Sex Video With A Student Leaked

Credit: Romania TV

Another one bites the dust.

Yet another bishop has been wrought by sex scandal, but this time the situation has been resolved quickly and quietly.

What happened was the last month a video leaked of Biship Corneliu Barladeanu having sex with a male seminary student of 17-years-old. The video is apparently old enough that the student is now a full fledged priest, but it still incriminates the bishop.

Barladeanu denied that the man in the video was him, but he was still asked by the Metropolitan Church of Moldavia and Bukovina to no longer to serve the Holy Mass and other church services, "until the proximate meeting of the Holy Synod when it will be approached."

Then, this past Thursday and Friday, Barladeanu went to have a “discussion” with the Holy Synod, the group that governs the Romanian Orthodox Church. The results of that two day discussion was that Barladeanu decided to leave his position, despite still claiming his innocence, “for the peace and good of the Church.”

That said, the Holy Synod and the Romanian Orthodox Church did not punish Barladeanu in anyway with the reasoning that it would prolong “for a long time the uncertainty of the bishopry of Husi (the location in which Barladeanu was in charge).”

So, it seems like Corneliu Barladeanu got off easy as he still gets to practice and preach as a monk, but without an office to his name.