"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Church music director fired after getting engaged...

Really?  That's what you're wearing?  


It's just wrong.  I would be embarrassed.  As Karen Walker would say, "Honey, what's going on here?  What's with the white shirt dresses?"

Actually the photo of Collette and his partner (shown at top) was taken at the Vatican, right after the proposal.

Let me just say I think gay marriage is really, really dumb - and very queer - in every sense of that word.  And then - to go before a camera looking like that ...  And they're old.


Here's the story...
Colin Collette got engaged to his longtime partner in Rome last week. But after announcing his big news, he was fired Monday from the Holy Family Church in the suburb of Inverness.
Collette was the music director for the church. 
The Archdiocese of Chicago issued a statement saying it was aware of the situation at Holy Family and would not comment on an individual's personnel issues.
Collette finds the Archdiocese response troubling because he says his relationship was far from private. He says his partner -- also a Catholic -- has even read scripture at the church.
"Everybody was welcome. That was our hallmark. All are welcome. Well, that's all changed now. That's become a lie," Collette said. - Source
Quite seriously, this is where solid catechesis is necessary.  Yes, all are welcome, but if you work for the Church, if you have a 'ministry' in the Church, you have to live according to Catholic teaching and strive to live a faithful life.  Everyone sins, everyone can sin, and they can be reconciled through the sacrament of penance.  The Church does not approve or recognize same sex marriage, or homosexual acts.  Christian marriage is a sacrament, it is a communal, public event.  Simulating marriage in a same sex relationship is not Christian marriage, albeit now a civil public event.  It is a source of scandal.  Scandal is NOT a problem of prudishness or spiritually immaturity or narrow mindedness.  As the catechism makes clear:
2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor's tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense. - CCC

Mr. Collette should have known the consequences.  The pastor of the parish should have counselled him beforehand - especially since, as Collette stated,  "his relationship was far from private."


  1. "Mr. Collette should have known the consequences"

    As should we all when we're out and about sinning and causing others to do the same be that gossip, fornicating, drinking, lying...the list goes on.

    What boggles the mind is the fact that so many folks act indignant/shocked when they are now dealing with those so-called consequences.

    In today's age, "no such thing as going in blind."

    And I agree, the Church has much work to do with re-educating her people...lots!

  2. Thank you for talking about solid catechesis, Terry. This issue really is about Catholic sexual morality as it applies to all of us, not just same-sex couples. If I were a single woman who just moved in with my boyfriend, I'd also expect to lose my job in a Catholic church. The Church holds all of us, homosexual and heterosexual, to the same standards. -- Rebecca Robinson


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