The Episcopal Church passes on ordaining scandalized former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey.
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In 2008, former campaign aide Teddy Pedersen brought McGreevey back into the limelight after claiming he engaged in regular threesomes with then-mayor McGreevey of Woodbridge, New Jersey, and McGreevey’s second wife Dina from the 1990s until his election as governor. McGreevey confirmed the allegations, while his ex-wife denied them. The claims and counter-claims were likely related to McGreevey’s custody battle over a young daughter he has with Dina. He also has a daughter from his first marriage.
The ultra-liberal Episcopal Diocese of Newark, which encompasses the northern third of the state, is widely recalled as the seat of retired Bishop John Shelby Spong, who flamboyantly denied Christian beliefs about the virgin birth and bodily resurrection. Spong was among the first to ordain actively homosexual priests within the 2 million-member denomination. Having lost over 40 percent of its membership under Spong, the Newark Diocese never recovered and continues to spiral on the trajectory Spong established. It’s unclear if priests like McGreevey are what Spong had in mind in his campaign for actively homosexual clergy.
McGreevey currently cohabitates in Plainfield, New Jersey, with a male Australian real-estate executive. But evidently the former governor will not become an Episcopal priest anytime soon. According to the Post, the former governor has told friends the church has counseled he “needs more seasoning” before entering the priesthood. How much “seasoning” is unclear. But evidently even the Episcopal Church, so anxious to keep its permissive doors wide open even as its membership shrivels, is not yet ready for a Reverend McGreevey.
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