Here’s news from Fresno, California, courtesy of the local news station there, about Father Geoffrey Farrow, who opposed California’s Proposition 8, and also revealed that he is gay, in a homily on Sunday.
From the local media: "Father Geoffrey Farrow of the Saint Paul Newman Center in northeast Fresno shocked parishioners Sunday morning when he came out against Proposition 8, an initiative that would eliminate the right for same sex couples to marry in California. After 23 years as an ordained Catholic Priest, Father Geoffrey Farrow has likely given his final mass. Sunday morning he invited us to hear his message, a message that shocked many parishioners. 11 o’clock mass began as usual Sunday. Father Geoff led parishioners through prayer and communion. The homily taught of acceptance, love and rejection. But it was his closing remarks that left some parishioners stunned. ’What most Catholics hear about being gay or lesbian at their parish is silence.’"
And from the homily: "In any event regardless of what I or anyone else does in their life, one day you die, and on that day were you true to your conscience, were you true to what you believe. And I think that’s the question each of us has to answer. If the answer is no, hell already began before you died."
Here’s the link to the local news coverage.
James Martin, SJ