Marquette Diocese Bishop Discusses Controversy Over Gay Parishioner

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Bishop John Doerfler of the Marquette Catholic Diocese.

Bishop John Doerfler of the Marquette Catholic Diocese.

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Bishop John Doerfler of the Marquette Catholic Diocese says the recent decision to request a gay parishioner to step down from leadership positions at an area parish was appropriate.

At a press conference in Marquette yesterday, Bishop Doerfler supported the actions taken by Father Larry Van Damme of the St. Michael’s Parish to ask church member Bobby Glenn Brown of Marquette to step down from posts in the church administration and stop serving as a lector and cantor.

Brown and his same-sex partner of 31 years held a commitment ceremony last Saturday.

Brown says he was informed of his removal from the posts by the priest at mass the following morning.

Bishop Doerfler said that Glenn’s decision to publicly act on “same-sex attraction” was the underlying reason for being asked to step down.

Brown says he has since left the Parish.

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