Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor from Pennyslyvania who was convicted for having officiated the gay marriage of his son, will not quit despite a church order requiring him to do so. The 51-year-old Methodist pastor said he will not voluntarily surrender his ordination credentials, according to a Dec. 16 report from MSNBC.
Last month, the controversial Methodist pastor was found guilty by a jury composed of clergy members of the Methodist Church of having violated his priestly vows. Although many called for his immediate resignation, Schaefer's supporters argue that the church's teachings about homosexuality are outdated.
Although the Methodist church accepts gay and lesbian members, they reject the practice of homosexuality as "incompatible with Christian teaching," the Daily Mail reports.
The Methodist pastor was handed a 30-day suspension for marrying his gay son to another man. MSNBC reports that the penalty required him to either quit or denounce same-sex marriage. However, the pastor says he refuses to quit and he gave the following statement:
“I wanted to find a way of answering truthfully and still keep my credentials in the church,” said Schaefer, who has been a United Methodist pastor for the last 17 years. “I have really wrestled and agonized over this, but finally came to the conclusion that my honest answer has to be no. I cannot uphold the Book of Discipline in its entirety. In fact, I don’t believe anybody can.”
The fate of the Methodist pastor will be decided on Thursday after he makes an appearance before the Board of Ordained Ministry.
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