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Report: Former N.J. governor who is gay isn’t joining priesthood yet

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 25, 2011 | 5:11 pm

Remember when Jim McGreevey, the former New Jersey governor who came out as gay while in office and then resigned after an alleged affair, said he was joining an Episcopal Seminary? That was four years ago, so he should be about to join the priesthood, right?

Don’t count on it. Not according to the New York Post:

Church leaders, who have long embraced gay parishioners and clergy, were bothered by McGreevey’s bitter divorce, sources told The Post.

“It was not being gay but for being a jackass—[McGreevey] didn’t come out of the whole divorce looking good,” said a source with the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

Some leaders also were wary of McGreevey’s sudden embrace of their faith after his scandal and feared the church was being used, the source added.

After resigning as governor, “he was sort of looking for every angle to make a complete redo of his professional life,” said another church source. “He ran to the church for some kind of cover, which isn’t fully appropriate. Even if he’s a good guy, he should wait five to 10 years to get over his issues.”

Read the rest here. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, other newspapers report on this.

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