I honestly don’t think the AGO has an action plan. They just want to fuss. After all, within a day after he was fired, one of the extremly-liberal United Methodist Churches hired the man to be their music minister–and PROUDLY announced that they were THRILLED to welcome him AND HIS PARTNER and their ADOPTED CHILD :eek: to their Church and that the United Methodist Church has OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS and OPEN DOORS unlike all those other homophobic churches like ours.
He probably got paid a whole lot more by the UMCs than he did at our church, and probably had a whole lot more freedom not only to live his life, but also to play more music venues. He was one of the best local organists I’ve ever heard, BTW. There’s only one other man in the city that I think could compare to him, but that man was too old to play some of the difficult works.
Interestingly, he played CHANT and TRADITIONAL MUSIC and CLASSICAL MUSIC rather than contemporary. Oh, well.
And a few years ago, he got a dandy job in the Really Big City and moved out of our city. So he isn’t hurting for work at all.
I think that one of the reasons the AGO is continuing the boycott is to convince talented musicians in the city to leave the Catholic churches and come on over to the “real” churches where they can be free to be you and me. A lot of musicians and other artists and arts supporters in our city are practicing homosexuals and are therefore not able to receive Communion in the Catholic Church. I think the AGO is trying to get these people and their supporters out of Catholicism and into the “inclusive” churches.
And it’s working. Many of my musician friends no longer attend our church. At least a third of our choir left after the homosexual minister was fired, and many of the members spoke to the media about the need for the Catholic Church to change its policies on homosexuality.
It was a MESS. I’m sure you can see that from my post. And I’m not sure how it will be solved, because frankly, if I were an organist, I would publically and vehemently REFUSE to join the AGO and I would start a separate organists organization for CATHOLICS and others who don’t approve of holding a church hostage in order to push the homosexual agenda.
BTW, this whole thing is NOT helping me and others to be more sympathetic toward homosexuals. Quite the opposite. I try hard to love them as individuals, but I hate their sin more than ever.