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Chestnut Hill College fires professor-priest for being gay

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It seems administrators at Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill College didn’t know one of their employees as well as they thought they did. The Rev. James St. George had been teaching Bible studies, theology and justice courses at the Catholic college since 2009.

When St. George wrote in a blog posting that he is gay, the college fired him.

The college was surprised to learn that, although St. George was Catholic, he was not their type of Catholic. St. George is affiliated with the Old Catholic Apostolic Church of America, a church not aligned with the Vatican. One of the group’s fundamental beliefs is that no one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.

The firing prompted protests by students and others who feel the college acted unfairly.

Note: Although Philadelphia has an ordinance barring discrimination based on sexual orientation, religious institutions are exempt in order to preserve the separation of church and state.

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