A petition was created on the website Change.org to urge the Archdiocese of Newark to reinstate Father Warren Hall to Campus Ministry at Seton Hall University. The petition claims he was fired for sharing a "No H8" photo on Facebook.
The Archdiocese of Newark has fired Father Warren Hall from Seton Hall University for sharing a "NO H8" photo on Facebook, in opposition to LGBT discrimination.Fr. Hall himself has tweeted support for the movement in a way by tweeting this:
Father Warren Hall served as the director for the Office of Campus Ministry.
This action is not in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ, nor is it line with the words of Pope Francis, current leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Please sign this petition to show your support for Father Warren Hall, a university priest well-loved by students.
Grateful for all the support. Dont be angry!! Turn this into an opportunity for open/reasonable discussion on LGBT issues on a Cath Campus.— Warren Hall (@Warrmeister) May 15, 2015
The Archdiocese of Newark, for their part, is saying this is all a big giant misunderstanding. They told the Huffington Post this:
"His tenure is ending at the university as director of campus ministry and he is available for another assignment... I think people are misconstruing an awful lot," Archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness told The Huffington Post. "The church has long taught that every person is to be treated with dignity and respect."Seems like there may have been a bit more than a "No H8" message going on here because obviously the Catholic Church doesn't stand for hate, no matter what the Democrat party thinks.
I doubt we'll find out much more. I doubt the Archdiocese will speak much more and the priest likely won't either -unless he's auditioning for the job with the National Catholic Reporter. And let's face it, the students don't know what's going on. They're probably just assuming the big ol' mean patriarchal anti-gay and anti-women Church is hatin' on a loving priest.