Bishop Removes Catholic Pastor for Homosexual Relationship

A Catholic pastor has been removed from his duties at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Bloomingdale in the Diocese of Joliet, over revelations that he had engaged in a homosexual relationship with another man a number of times.

Bishop J. Peter Sartain removed Rev. Jerry Simonelli from his duties as pastor ministering to the 9,000 Catholics of St. Isidore’s, the second largest parish in the Diocese of Joliet, after a diocesan investigation revealed that Simonelli had broken his vows of celibacy.

The priest had been under dual investigations by the DuPage County State’s Attorney and the Joliet Diocese after a 21-year-old man accused the Catholic priest of engaging in sexual misconduct with him.

The Daily Herald reported that the DuPage State’s Attorney will not press criminal charges because its findings proved inconclusive.

Bishop Sartain’s executive assistant Doug Delaney spoke with LifeSiteNews.com, and said that Simonelli was being removed from all duties as a priest.

“It wasn’t anything to do with kids or anything like that. It was a consenting adult relationship,” said Delaney. “But he broke his vows, he was unfaithful to his vows on more than one occasion.”

According to Delaney, the diocese understands that Simonelli’s homosexual affair occurred before he arrived at St. Isidore’s. Sartain’s order means Simonelli will now have no priestly role or function in Joliet.

“He is on administrative leave,” said Delaney, “which pretty much means you can’t function as a priest, dress as a priest, act as a priest, or identify yourself as a priest.”

Delaney was unable to comment as to whether Simonelli’s administrative leave would be indefinite.

In the interim, Rev. Dennis Miller will serve as interim pastor of St. Isadore’s, until a new pastor is selected. “It’s an unfortunate situation, but the bishop will find another priest to minister to these people as soon as possible,” said Delaney.

The transition should take place by July 1.

Catholic World News editor Phil Lawler told LSN that in all his reporting on the scandal of homosexual priests in Catholic dioceses, the action taken by Bishop Sartain is unique and “a hopeful sign.”

“It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of this before,” said Phil Lawler. “There’ve been an awful lot of cases in which we’ve been told that a priest has engaged in consensual sexual activity with another male, and isn’t a problem.

“But it is a problem, and it is good that it is being taken seriously.”

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  • lkeebler

    Wow… is this the truth?? quote: “It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of this before,” said Phil Lawler. “There’ve been an awful lot of cases in which we’ve been told that a priest has engaged in consensual sexual activity with another male, and isn’t a problem.

    I will make a comment here, even if it means much persecution for the Truth (which I am already rejected and hated for the Truth). And my comment is not really mine but scripture tells it all, God is clear and so very clear on the seriousness of sin in our lives and in the Church. Would I want anyone to actually hurt themselves, of course not, they should repent and again and again if necessary to avoid hell as Christ is clear regarding what we should do as any Catholic, Protestant, any Christian in the Body of believers and I think what Bishop J. Peter Sartain did clearly relates to these scripture… we must be obedient to Christ not going our own way (are we afraid to speak up, that our local Church, congregation, Pastor, Priest, Bishop will reject us?):

    Matthew 18: 7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes! 8 “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into the hell of fire.

    Mark 9: 42 And whosoever shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it were better for him if a great millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. 43 And if thy hand cause thee to stumble, cut it off: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed, rather than having thy two hands to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire. 44 [where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.] 45 And if thy foot cause thee to stumble, cut it off: it is good for thee to enter into life halt, rather than having thy two feet to be cast into hell. 46 [where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.] 47 And if thine eye cause thee to stumble, cast it out: it is good for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell; 48 where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

  • lkeebler

    Mt 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

  • consecrata

    The Bishop did a good thing but I hope he is arranging for some help for the Priest…if the Priest is willing. There are more active homosexual Priests than is fully known and this issue needs to be addressed. There are female religious who are publicly complaining about the fact that the Vatican ordered an ‘investigation’ of their communities. Every organization, agency, institution has to have a check-up periodically to see if their procedures are working. Even families sit down together to see if there is anything blocking their unity. Only those nuns who are in opposition to the teaching of the Church complain…if you don’t want to follow the teachings of the Church, why remain? No one is forcing them. And there are more abortions carried out in Catholic hospitals than is fully known…not full term abortions but early stage abortions which can be disguised as a ‘D & C’…doctors who perform abortions elsewhere are on the staff of some Catholic hospitals. Professors who openly oppose and teach contrary to the teachings of the Church are numerous…and unopposed. We need to clean house…let the Holy Spirit come in and cleanse us and renew us…

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