• Source: WLOS
  • Bishop Orders Catholic Charities to Fire Gala Singer Because She Is in a Same-Sex Relationship

    North Carolina Singer Fired After Performing at Asheville Fundraiser for Two Years

    Kat Williams won't be singing on Saturday. The North Carolina singer has performed at the Asheville Gala of Hope fundraiser for the past two years, but when the Catholic Church learned from a 2013 magazine article that she is in a same-sex relationship they ordered Catholic Charities to fire her.

    "Marriage can only be between one man and one woman," Catholic Diocese of Charlotte's director of communications David Hains told WLOS. "Because Ms. Williams chooses to be in a relationship that's different from that, it really makes it inappropriate for her to perform for us."

    "We, as a Catholic organization, have the right to represent our faith and what we're doing essentially is exercising that right," Hains added.

    Williams says "the sad part they're doing it in the name of god. And I'm having a problem with that."

    On Facebook, Williams explained what happened:

    On March 1, 2016 I was notified by Gerry Carter ( Executive Director Catholic Charities Charlotte) that per Bishop Peter Jugis (Charlotte Diocese) that my services were not needed at the Asheville Gala of Hope March 12, 2016 ( a fundraising event I've performed at for the last 2yrs.). When I asked "Why?", Gerry's silence was deafening. I asked him just to be honest with me. He stated Bishop Jurgis read an article in Verve Magazine where I said "I have been married to my partner for seven years" and for that reason the Bishop will not need my services.

    She adds she's "afraid for members of his congregation that are afraid to live their authentic lives or the what if they came to Bishop Jurgis or his church with the question of whether they're gay?"

    "There are two things in my life I didn't choose, to be Black and to be gay! I am proud to be both," Williams wrote, "and want our North Carolina religious community to stand with the teachings of Christ - love, forgiveness, tolerance and inclusion."

    And she adds that she doesn't "want people to retaliate or put forth any negativity. I'd like us as a community to approach this issue with Love, Compassion and Grace."

    WLOS reports the "Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte says its decision is nothing personal against Williams."


    Hat tip: Religion News Service

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    • commented 2016-03-11 12:38:02 -0500
      If she raped a child, the Catholic church would sure take care of her…..

    • commented 2016-03-11 11:33:47 -0500
      +1 on Jay Jonson’s comment. Bishop Jerkoff is trying to punish her for being gay. The bible doesn’t say two people of the same sex can’t get married. This idea is an invention of modern day churches.

    • commented 2016-03-11 10:19:16 -0500
      “it’s not personal”? It sure feels personal when you are told your life is wrong and you are no longer welcome.

    • commented 2016-03-11 09:08:11 -0500
      Ms. Williams responded by turning the other cheek, proving herself to be far more Christian than the “Bishop.”

    • commented 2016-03-11 08:55:08 -0500
      When the religious nuts say “its not personal,” we’re supposed to just smile and say thank you. In fact, we used to do that. But no longer. It is VERY personal to be told that you are disordered and unworthy, and only a bigot would say that.

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