In Bizarre Move, Bishop Who Ousted Gay Catholic from Parish Rejects 18,000 Signatures, Sends Them Back
On April 11, Nicholas Coppola delivered over 18,000 signatures gathered through Faithful America to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, asking that Nicholas be once again allowed to volunteer with his parish, after getting married to his husband. On April 23, Bishop William Murphy mailed them back, accompanied by one sentence: "FROM YOUR FAITHFUL ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP."
Carla Hale was fired from her job as a physical education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School, a private Catholic school in Columbus, Ohio for being gay. Students have rallied around Carla. Jackson Garrity, a senior at Bishop Watterson organized a Change.org petition, asking to have Carla reinstated as a teacher at the school.
Nicholas Coppola, the Catholic man stripped of all volunteer duties after he married his husband, has launched a Change.org petition, inviting Cardinal Timothy Dolan to dinner and conversation about the relationship between the Roman Catholic hierarchy and LGBT people.
Nicholas Coppola, the gay Catholic man who was removed from his volunteer ministerial responsibilities at his Long Island parish after marrying his longtime partner, delivered a petition calling for his reinstatement to his bishop. In less than a week, the petition garnered over 18,000 signatures.
The story of Nicholas Coppola, an openly gay Catholic man who was asked to leave his Long Island parish after marrying his boyfriend, continues to develop and spread to wider media sources.
This week's religion news summary includes Bishop Timothy Dolan's statement about LGBT inclusion--along with stories of LGBT Catholics who have experienced exclusion. A rainbow house across from the Westboro Baptist Church caused a media stir, and the SCOTUS cases drew the support of faith leaders from across the country.