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Lavender Magazine, a Minneapolis-based gay publication, has outed a Lutheran pastor critical of gay clergy after reporter John Townsend found the pastor, Rev. Tom Brock, at a confidential Catholic meeting for gay men struggling with chastity.
Brock is known for his denunciation of homosexuality, Townsend reported. His church, Hope Lutheran in Minneapolis, left the Evangelical Church in America last year as it liberalized its policy over gay clergy, and Brock has railed against ECLA'sdecision to welcome partnered (and presumably sexually active) gay ministers.
The magazine's president acknowledged that Townsend joined
the support group, where he encountered the Rev. Brock, without revealing he was a journalist.
Brock is now on leave from Hope Lutheran, where another pastor called the magazine's story "unconscionable."