CHICAGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - A federal judge is allowing a homosexual to continue a civil-right lawsuit against the Chicago archdiocese.
On Friday, the judge rejected the archdiocese of Chicago's motion to dismiss a case in which it is accused of violating the civil rights of a homosexual employee.
Colin Collette is suing the archdiocese and Holy Family Parish in Inverness, Illinois, maintaining he was unjustly fired in 2014. He was director of worship and music for 17 years until a parishioner noticed his Facebook status announcing his engagement to another man. Then-archbishop Cdl. Francis George demanded Collette's resignation or else he would be fired.
The archdiocese commented after Collette's firing, "Pastors hire and dismiss all parish personnel and govern according to the teachings of the Church and archdiocesan policies. ... Those that serve as ministers of the Church, including worship ministers, are expected to conform their lives publicly with the teachings of the Church."
ChurchMilitant.com reported Colette and Sandor Demkovich, another man fired for similar reasons at a different parish, filed complaints with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state and county human rights departments.
In both Colette and Demkovich's cases, they maintain parishioners and pastors knew of their active homosexual lifestyle.
"He knew we were getting married," Demkovich claimed. "He asked me in July 2013 if we were getting married, and he was very encouraging about it."
He also alleges the pastor told another parishioner he thought Demkovich and his partner "were going to keep this quiet and not make it public."
Their attorney stated, "We once again see a pattern of acceptance and inclusion by the parish pastor, and the parish congregation in general, of an openly gay qualified employee suddenly reversed as soon as he enters into a legal marriage."
As ChurchMilitant.com has reported, priests and bishops in the United States have a history of covering up homosexual activity, as long as the men involved "keep things quiet."
Watch ChurchMilitant.com's Faith-Based Investigation episode Homosexuality to learn more about how sodomy has increasingly come to be accepted, especially by Catholics.