Erik Meder was asked to resign his post with the U.S. Jesuit Conference because of an article he wrote for a Jesuit national newsletter that advocated the church have an open dialogue with homosexuals about homosexuality.
Meder told NCR that as soon as the article, “Strangers No Longer: Who is the Other among us?” appeared in the in the April/May 2005 issue of *National Jesuit News *(see story), he was called into the offices of Jesuit Fr. Jim Stormes, his immediate supervisor, and Jesuit Fr. Tom Gaunt, the executive secretary, or socius, of the U.S. Jesuit Conference.
“I was asked to resign or be terminated for submitting the article,” Meder said. “Because the article was already printed, it had caused, it was explained to me, ‘irreparable harm to the Society of Jesus in the United States.’ ”