On May 23, 2013, I will be celebrating my 15 year anniversary to the priesthood. On the eve
of this anniversary, I am releasing the 2nd edition of my book “Hidden
Voices, Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest” which was originally published in 2011 anonymously. The second
edition, now available, has one main difference – it is no longer anonymous. The decision to release the book under
my name was not an easy one to make but one I felt was necessary.
It has been difficult to remain part of a hierarchy
that has been so hostile towards homosexuals in recent years. This is especially true considering nearly 30% of all successful
teenage suicides are attributed to sexual identity issues. Our church once stood for and represented the radical nature of
God’s love for all people. That is not the true today – especially towards the LGBT community and therefore I
feel compelled to stand in solidarity with those Catholic’s who have lost their jobs, have been denied the sacraments,
have been excommunicated or who have been made to feel ‘less than’ by their church leaders because of who they
I am not sure where exactly any of this will lead. It is a huge leap of faith and to be perfectly honest
with you, very frightening. I know that while many will celebrate and be grateful for this publication, others will be angry
and upset and feel as if I am betraying the church. I have no such intention. I am just a man trying to live a life of integrity
and speak the truth that God has given me to speak. I do not mean the church any harm and in fact I still love the church
very much. I see my speaking out as an act of love toward a community which was born of God’s radical inclusivity. Somehow
we have lost that in our church, I would like us to get that back.
It is my hope that you will take a moment to
read my book with an open mind and heart and see this as an opportunity to love, support and welcome all people regardless
of their sexual orientation. In the meantime please know that I will be praying for you and our church and ask for your prayers
as well. In addition, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments – I will look forward to
hearing from you.
Gary M Meier