Why won’t Catholic Church leaders say the names of the murdered, or acknowledge why they were killed?
Ben Brenkert is a New York-based writer who left formation to become a Roman Catholic priest after learning that more and more lesbian and gay employees and volunteers were being fired by Church. Ben is writing on a memoir, and has been published in the Huffington Post, The Advocate, The International Business Times, Newsday, and The National Catholic Reporter. Ben is completing a masters in sacred theology at the General Theological Seminary.
Philadelphia teacher Margie Winters was fired for being a married lesbian. Far from becoming more open, the Catholic Church is doubling down on its homophobia.
The Newport Sex Scandal of 1919 targeted men having sex with men in the Navy, prefiguring the legalized persecution of LGBT citizens in and out of the armed services.
Ben Brenkert wanted to be a priest, but confronted by the hypocrisy and prejudice of the Catholic Church he had to quit. Here, in a powerful, heartfelt essay, he explains why.