Francis Cardinal George met with the music director of a suburban church who was fired for declaring his intention to marry his gay partner.
Colin Collette was fired as music director of Holy Family Church in Inverness last month, when the pastor at the church was told that Colette, who worked at the church for the past 18 years, got engaged to his long time male partner.
Colette says he never hid his sexuality from the church and didn't expect to be fired.
He asked for this meeting with Francis Cardinal George to clear the air, perhaps asking for help getting his job back.
Collete left the meeting at the cardinal’s office Tuesday afternoon with a smile on the face and told WGN the meeting was very pastoral. He and the cardinal discussed some topics and prayed together, but he wouldn't get into if he would be getting his job back with the church.
The cardinal did not talk to WGN today, saying in a statement, "It is a private meeting. There will be no cameras."
Cardinal George said yesterday about today's meeting that this crisis was caused by Colin's decision and he wanted to simply talk about what was going on.