California Priest Who Called for Removal of Archbishop Cordileone Declares He’s Homosexual

A Catholic priest in Oakland who previously called for Pope Francis to remove San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and other conservative prelates declared his homosexuality to his parishioners during a recent homily and admitted to an 11-year relationship with a man before being ordained, according to an essay he wrote for Fr. James Martin’s LGBT activist group Outreach.

“I’m a Catholic priest. When I came out as gay, my parishioners applauded,” Fr. Aidan McAleenan boasted in a recent essay for Outreach, which “operates under the auspices” of the Jesuits’ America Media organization.

McAleenan is the pastor at St. Columba, a heterodox, pro-LGBT parish focused on “African American spirituality,” according to its website.

McAleenan added that he told parishioners that he “had been in an 11-year relationship” with another man before joining the priesthood. It is not clear exactly when he announced his homosexuality to the parish, though it appears to have been sometime since December 2023, when the Vatican released Fiducia Supplicans.

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