Catholic Minister Says He Was Fired After 'Liking' Friends' Gay Marriage Facebook Post
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The Catholic Church's official positions on gay marriage are, as we know, critical at best. However, not all practicing Catholics continue the vendetta against homosexuality--and the church responds to them.


Keith Kozak, a Catholic minister at Cleveland State University, has been fired by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for "liking" a Facebook post celebrating a friend's same-sex wedding.


Kozak was reportedly interviewing for a promotion when he was called into his supervisor's office under the scrutiny of human resources.

"I really wasn't even thinking about it at the time, that it would be anything detrimental," said Kozak. "It's a wake-up call for me," he said. "It's a wake-up call that I didn't really realize the Catholic Church would act like this."



Kozak is gay himself, but never disclosed his sexuality to the church, thinking "it wasn't really important at the time."

Unfortunately, Kozak might be out of luck when it comes to a civil rights lawsuit, as religious organizations are behest to something called "ministerial exception,"--basically, legal discrimination on the basis that the organization is founded upon religion.





Kozak is currently unsure where to go from here, saying that the instance has "rocked" his faith.

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland "does not not comment specific reasons for personal action," but is "confident that Kozak's termination was appropriate."


Pope Francis' official position on homosexuality is "live and let live," responding with "Who am I to judge?" when asked about the existence of a 'gay lobby' within the Vatican. The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, however, does not report directly to the Pope, and therefore, it is unclear if any further action will come from the Vatican.

H/T: HuffPost, ABC

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