Pro-gay marriage priest defrocked priest in Argentina has been defrocked after voicing support in public for gay marriage.

Nicolás Alessio was suspended in 2010 when the Government’s same-sex marriage legislation was being debated.

The legislation was bitterly opposed by the Church in Argentina, led by the then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who was elected Pope last month.

A statement from Mr Alessio’s local archdiocese of Córdoba said the decision to defrock him was made by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy in February, during the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

“Thirty years of service to God’s people mean nothing,” Mr Alessio said in response. “I had a different opinion from the archbishop [of Córdoba, Carlos José Ñáñez] and so they have chucked me out.”


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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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