An openly gay professor has been fired from a private Roman Catholic college after the school learned of his sexuality.
Representatives from Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill College say they didn't know Father James St. George was gay when they hired him to teach. "It was with great disappointment when we learned through St. George's public statements of his involvement in a gay relationship with another man for the past 15 years," the school said in a statement.
The priest says his sexuality was never a secret. While the subject never came up in class, Father St. George told Fox 29 that he was fully vetted when he was hired and has never hidden the fact that he was gay.
According to MyFoxPhilly.com, "Father St. George is part of the Old Catholic Church Of The Americas, a faction that broke away from the Vatican back in 1870. In his church, priests are allowed to marry and be gay."
"I serve as a trauma chaplain," Father St. George said. "I help broken people. I run a parish, a small parish in Blue Bell, take care of people who have no hope. I teach kids how to become better adults... A school that is supposed to teach religious understanding is not even being tolerant."