Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 21, 2012 / 02:04 am
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has placed Father Joseph Palacios on leave from ministry because of his promotion of same-sex "marriage."
Tod Tamberg, director of media relations for the Los Angeles archdiocese, confirmed to CNA Sept. 20 that Fr. Palacios was put on inactive leave in June.
Because of the mutually agreed upon leave, he is unable to say Mass or distribute the sacraments, may not wear a Roman collar, and cannot in any way present himself as a priest in public.
Fr. Palacios is a founding member of Catholics for Equality, a group which advocates for same-sex "marriage" and other social benefits for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.