Thursday, October 27, 2005
Organist walks out on priest's anti-gay marriage appeal.
Today's Boston Globe tells the story of a brave Roman Catholic cantor and church organist who lost their jobs for challenging an archdiocesan official's anti-gay marriage pulpit appeal. Maria Cramer reports:
At the pulpit of St. Gabriel Church in Brighton, an official from the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston was telling parishioners how to sign a petition to ban same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.
As he looked on, said Patrick Kilduff, the church's organist for 28 years, he grew angry that the archdiocese had chosen a Saturday Mass to make what he considered a political statement.
So before he was supposed to play the closing hymn of the Mass on Oct. 8 , Kilduff walked away from his organ in protest. His cantor, Colleen Bryant, stood in front of the congregation and told them that they did not have to sign the petition if they did not want to.
Moments later on that rainy Saturday afternoon, the church pastor fired Bryant, and Kilduff resigned in a fury.
In an interview yesterday, Kilduff recalled telling the priests of the parish: "'I'm done. I can't believe what you guys have done.'"
I'd be surprised if a few more church musicians don't discover that the church's campaign against gay rights creates an irreconcilable conflict for them on a personal level. After all, many talented and faithful church musicians are gay, and it would be hard to be a church musician who doesn't know, care about, and deeply respect gay colleagues.
Here's to Kilduff and Bryant's courage.
("Two Sidelined after Protesting Altar Call on Ban on Gay Marriage," Maria Cramer, Boston Globe 10.27.05, reg req'd)
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 27 October 2005 at 10:17 PM