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Catholic Music Director Fired

Life Site News Reports:

A music director at a Chicago Catholic parish was fired Monday after the pastor learned he had become "engaged" to his male partner.

In a public statement provided to LifeSiteNews, Archdiocese spokesperson Susan Burritt acknowledged the archdiocese's involvement, but would not give details. "The decision by the pastor of Holy Family was made with the knowledge of the Archdiocese and in consultation with the Archdiocese; however, we do not comment on or discuss an individual's personnel issues," she said.

"Those that serve as Ministers of the Church, including worship ministers, are expected to conform their lives publicly with the teachings of the Church," Burritt said. "Pastors hire and dismiss all parish personnel and govern according to the teachings of the Church and Archdiocesan policies. This is a matter of personal integrity on their part."

Collette is one of many whose public declaration of "engagement" or "marriage" to someone of the same sex has resulted in firings from Catholic churches.

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