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Please support Mr. Nelson

Original post made by Supporter of Mr. Nelson on Jun 5, 2014

On March 25th, 2014 Mr. Nelson, the now-former chair of Woodside Priory's Theology department was profiled and attacked by California Catholic Daily and called an "active enemy of the faith" because he is gay. Many parents and students disagreed with this statement and supported Mr. Nelson in the comments of the article. Mr. Nelson was then removed as the chair of the Woodside Priory Theology department and there were rumors that he might have been prohibited from teaching Theology.

On May 17th, the head of school sent an email to the Priory community saying the Mr. Nelson was offered a position for the next year but decided to take a position at another school. It seemed like Mr. Nelson felt pressured to leave the school.

On May 25th, a group of parents and other supporters created a petition to support Mr. Nelson. I would appreciate it if you take the time to read and consider signing this petition: Web Link

Comments (3)

Posted by Sean, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Homosexuality got the Catholic Church into a big scandal. Homosexuality is proscribed by the Bible. Why would a Catholic institution, like Woodside Priory, want to have an openly gay staff member?


Posted by Cradle Catholic, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Homosexuality, and the Catholic church's tolerance of it, have gotten the church into both legal, moral, and canonic trouble.

I think the Catholic Church is generally trying to distance itself from it, since tolerance hasn't worked historically.

That being said, being gay does NOT make a person a child molester, but I think the church has mixed all of these things together in one pot.

It is time for Vatican III. With Francis as pope, we may get it. At Vatican II, the Jews were to be blamed no more for the crucifixion of Christ. Perhaps for VIII, gays will be "de-criminalized".


Posted by Circle the wagons, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm

The churches problems have nothing to do with homosexuality--they have to do with pedophilia. Plain and simple. We have hundreds of pedophile priests molesting children. They were protected by the higher ups (i.e. Cardinal Law, the former cardinal from LA, pope benedict etc). [Portion removed.]
Claiming the homosexuality is equivalent to pedophilia is a scurrilous lie.


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