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."
@HuffPost There is a reason I don’t follow religion let alone Christianity. It’s sickening what they say and do and… https://t.co/ODS0k1px4A— Desslyn Storm (@Desslyn Storm)1538436946.0
@HuffPost Forget ‘em. They don’t deserve you! 😎💎— PEOPLENRG🗽🌊👀🌏 (@PEOPLENRG🗽🌊👀🌏)1538436036.0
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.
@HuffPost Don’t you know the Catholic “church” doesn’t support 2 men having intercourse unless of course one of the… https://t.co/vxLTgLkVcl— George Issaian (@George Issaian)1538437164.0
Keith Kozak was an outreach minister for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and up for a big promotion earlier this… https://t.co/gw59cCQihF— Godless Atheist (@Godless Atheist)1538460915.0
@HuffPost But somehow sexual abuse by predatory priests of children is ok? Am I missing something?— RLAS (@RLAS)1538447405.0
@HuffPost Yes. Same sex marriages a problem for the Church, but child molestation is swept under the rug. That’s wh… https://t.co/dBWiWhzx53— Marie Sageer (@Marie Sageer)1538436274.0
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."
@HuffPost Might want to change Churches. https://t.co/TTbkE0MY9h— BeepBeepTweetTweet (@BeepBeepTweetTweet)1538435855.0
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.