Cleric’s collar for McGreevey?

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Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey (memorably dubbed the “Gay Love Guv” by the New York Post), who is now studying at an Episcopal seminary in Manhattan, says he doesn’t know yet whether ordination is in the cards. He tells the NY Times Magazine: “I’ve embarked on a long spiritual journey, and (ordination) may or […]

  • Much of the reporting on this issue suggests that because McGreevey is taking courses at a seminary he is therefore potentially on the path to ordination. That is not the case. Anyone who can gain admission may take courses at a seminary. To become a priest, one must first be accepted as a candidate for ordination by a diocese. That hasn’t happened in this case, and there is no evidence that it is likely to happen any time soon.

  • Daniel Burke

    Good point, Jim. What are the odds he’d be turned away if he asked a diocese to accept him as a candidate?

  • It is impossible to say. In larger dioceses, more candidates are turned away than accepted. The process is rigorous, inescabably subjective, and based sometimes on the needs of the dioceses for candidates with specific sorts of skills. Additionally, some dioceses–though not all– actually don’t like it when you go to seminary on your own first.