A Catholic priest in Fresno, Calif., on Sunday told a local TV station that he is gay, told parishioners at Mass that he was opposing a Catholic Church-supported referendum that would overturn same-sex marriage in that state, packed up his office and home, and left. The Fresno Bee reports:
"The controversy started Sunday morning at the 11 a.m. Mass. With a camera crew from KFSN (Channel 30) on hand, Farrow told parishioners that he was taking a stand against Prop 8; the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot seeks to overturn a state Supreme Court ruling this year that allowed same-sex marriage. Farrow said during the Mass that parishioners had asked him for direction and advice about Prop 8. He said he came to the realization that he had to go against the church. Before the Mass, he also told Channel 30 that he is gay."
Over at Whispers in the Loggia, Rocco Palmo links to the full text of the Rev. Geoffrey Farrow's homily.
(Photo, by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP, shows two men preparing to wed at city hall in San Francisco on June 17.)