Wisconsin priest tells parishioners he’s gay and gets a standing ovation after keeping his sexuality a secret for 25 years
A Roman Catholic priest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin recently made headlines after coming out as gay. Rev. Gregory Greiten, who has served as a priest for 25 years, said he will no longer keep his secret and will instead be true to his own self.
For the first time ever, Rev. Gregory Greiten has publicly admitted he is gay.
The controversial announcement happened at the St. Bernadette Parish and the priest was warmly received by the parishioners.
In fact, they gave him a standing ovation. The following day, Rev. Greiten’s column was published in the National Catholic Reporter. According to him, he intends to be a good role model for others – particularly those who are also serving in the clergy.
“I will embrace the person that God created me to be.
“In my priestly life and ministry, I, too, will help you, whether you are gay or straight, bisexual or transgendered, to be your authentic self – to be fully alive living in your image and likeness of God.”
Greiten further stated he’s taking a stand along with several other clergy men.
The priest said the church has always been silent regarding gay priests, a situation which often leads to secrecy and shaming.
Now he is happy for the “few courageous priests who have taken the risk to come out of the shadows and have chosen to live in truth and authenticity.”
Apparently, the priest has even received a blessing from his leaders.
Before coming out, Greiten took the time to meet with Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki.
Listecki later issued a statement that said:
“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.”
Greiten claims there may be about 8,554 to 21,572 gay priests in the United States alone.
The figures were derived from the book ‘The Changing Face of the Priesthood’, which was written by Donald B. Cozzens who claimed that 23% to 58% of priests in America are gay.
Silence is not always good!
Greiten hit on the church for its silence about gay clergymen. He said:
“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.”
He says he hopes more priests will come out soon and that policies will be changed for the better in the near future.
LGBT Group Push For Gender-Neutral Toilets In All Public and Commercial Establishments
This, according to them, will allow “choice and dignity” in what can be a “difficult experience”.
Bathrooms are important facilities for most establishments. However, any transgender person will tell you that accessing a toilet is never an easy experience for them.
This is exactly the reason why the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer) community in Australia is now campaigning for gender-neutral toilets to be installed in all public and commercial buildings around the country.
A concerned LGBTIQ group is pushing for gender-neutral toilets in all establishments.
College Girl Earns Online Praise For Messaging A Stranger About Her ‘Cheating Boyfriend’
We all need a friend like Rebekah!
It’s always comforting to know that someone has your back, even if that ‘someone’ actually happens to be a stranger. Case in point, one college student took the time to message someone she only knows via Twitter to warn her about her unfaithful boyfriend.
Case in point, Jasmine Rios, a freshman at the University of Texas at San Antonio, recently received a direct message from fellow student Rebekah Pendley. Although they follow each other on social media, the two have never met – and yet Rebekah took the time to tell Jasmine when she saw her boyfriend flirting with someone else.
Talk about a strict adherence to the girl code! Jasmine Rios (left) and Rebekah Pendley (right) both go to the same school.
Teen Gets Horrific Racist Comments After His Girlfriend’s Family Gave Him A Generous Gift
Black and white couple bombarded with hate comments after boyfriend receives generous gift from girlfriend’s family.
Michael Jackson stressed out clearly that all people should have equal opportunities when it comes to life and love, and it shouldn’t really matter whether you’re black or white. But snapping back to reality, the world hasn’t changed a bit and people still hate seeing blacks mixed with whites.
Interracial couple Chris Hunter and Madison Duke, though, are willing to go against the odds to prove that love knows no race. They are trying to break the stigma of racial discrimination and are already almost a year together. And to showcase their love, they set up a Youtube channel they called CHRIS & MADS where they post videos documenting their relationship.