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Gay music director dismissed at Catholic church

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Archbishop John Nienstedt Photo: Pioneer Press/Jean Pieri
Archbishop John Nienstedt Photo: Pioneer Press/Jean Pieri

VICTORIA, Minn. (AP) — A popular music director at a Catholic church in Victoria, Minnesota has been asked to resign after marrying his longtime same-sex partner.

Father Bob White leads St. Victoria Catholic Church. He has notified parishioners that Archbishop John Nienstedt has asked for Jamie Moore’s resignation. White says Moore has agreed to the archbishop’s request.

Nienstedt said in a statement that the teachings of the Catholic Church must be upheld. He says public conduct contrary to the teachings and law of the church is a reason for immediate dismissal.

Parishioner Doc Schmieg tells KMSP-TV the Catholic Church has more serious problems with which to be concerned than whether a gay or lesbian person is in the church. Father White plans to address the dismissal in weekend services.

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