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when and why that Michigan priest left the Episcopal Church

This article from the Flint Journal in Michigan asserts that the Rev. Eugene Geromel was deposed by +Edwin Leidel of the Diocese of Eastern Michigan because of his opposition to inclusion of gay people, and particularly the 2003 General Convention's consent to the election of +Gene Robinson. Not so -- Geromel left the Episcopal Church long before 2003, and the primary reason was his opposition to women's ordination, as these sites attest:

Here's the lead of the Flint Journal article:

Bishop removes Episcopal priest
SAGINAW COUNTY
THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION

Friday, August 05, 2005
By George Jaksa
gjaksa@flintjournal.com • 810.766.6332

SAGINAW - The Rev. Eugene Geromel, vicar of St. Bartholomew's Church in Clayton Township for the past 21 years, officially was ousted from the Episcopal Church by his bishop Thursday.
In a brief appearance before Bishop Edwin Leidel on Thursday at the Diocese of Eastern Michigan headquarters, Geromel, 57, lost his ability to act as a priest largely because of his opposition to the church's acceptance of homosexuals.

... and again, here's a link to the whole article from the Flint Journal.

And here's coverage from Thinking Anglicans on the same subject.

August 5, 2005 in Diocese of Eastern Michigan, Forward in Faith/First Promise | Permalink

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