Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Father Jim McGreevey

Or soon to be.

The nation's first openly gay governor is headed back to school Tuesday - as a seminary student.
Jim McGreevey will begin full-time studies at General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in Manhattan, seminary spokes-man Bruce Parker confirmed. McGreevey switched his religious affiliation from Roman Catholic to Episcopalian earlier this year and expressed interest in pursuing a call to ministry.

As a student in the non-degree program at the seminary, McGreevey has as long as a year to choose a course of study. In the meantime, he can choose a broad array of courses in theology, liturgy, ministry and related topics that are available to students who are unsure of their educational and vocational goals, Parker said.

McGreevey, 50, shocked the nation in 2004 by declaring his homosexuality in a nationally televised speech with his stunned wife and parents at his side. The former altar boy proclaimed himself "a gay American" to quash a blackmail threat by a former aide. He resigned as New Jersey's governor three months later.

Theology? Does the Episcopal Bible have Romans 1 in it? 1Tim 3? Could father Jim give marital counseling with a straight face? How would he advise Larry Craig?

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