Wisc. church fires its gay music director

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The music director of a Wisconsin Catholic church has been fired for living “an openly gay life,” reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

Charles Philyaw had worked as director of music liturgy for the St. Andrew Catholic Church in Verona since 2004, eventually directing the church choir, leading the liturgy committee, and playing for multiple masses on a weekly basis.

But in June, according to the State Journal, the church’s parish priest, the Reverend Dave Timmerman, informed Philyaw he was being let go because he led an openly gay life. Philyaw and his partner, James Mulder-Philyaw, were active participants in the Verona religious community.

Apparently, Philyaw’s firing came after five parishioners raised concerns about the gay couple’s visibility at church functions and activities. The church’s bishop got involved, which eventually led to Philyaw’s termination.

Read the full story from the Advocate.

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