Fired gay priest has past felony conviction

    More information has come to light involving Jim St. George, the Old Catholic Apostolic Church of America priest who was fired from his teaching position at Chestnut Hill College last month for his homosexuality. Turns out a lot of people aren’t happy with St. George.

     

    Rev. Kera Hamilton, who ordained St. George in 2006, said St. George has no business teaching in a Roman Catholic institution, since the Old Catholic Apostolic community is not part of the Vatican.

    Now, according to the Daily News, St. George’s attorney is peeved that someone’s drudging up the priest’s 19-year-old felony conviction.

    St. George served 10 months in prison and paid $90,000 in restitution after being convicted of three felony counts of federal fraud in 1992. While working at a funeral home, he misused money from prepaid funeral funds. He later ran a discount-coffin company before being ordained in 2006 to the church that allows openly gay male and female clergy members.

    St. George maintains Chestnut Hill College was aware of his lifestyle when they hired him; the college says that’s not the case.

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