New Jersey -The nation's publicized gay governor, James E. McGreevy appears to be knocking on a different door. This time he has managed to be in the news for the right reasons. He has been welcomed into the seminary and has become an Episcopalian.
Former Gov. James E. McGreevy, who was brought up as a Roman Catholic, was officially inducted into the Episcopal religion on Sunday at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York. He is presently undergoing the church's "discernment" phase, which is customary before he takes up full-fledged seminary obligations. People are still speculating if this move is driven by a desire to become a priest.
McGreevy, 49, had created a stir in 2004, when he announced his gay status; at that time he had gone public about his extramarital affair with a male aide. Following this admission, he had also offered to relinquish his post as governor. The aide had gone on to deny the affair, on the contrary had blamed the governor for harassing him.
The Episcopal Church, school spokesman Bruce Parker said, "Mr. McGreevy has been admitted to the master of divinity program and he will be starting in the fall, where Mr. McGreevy goes with this is up to him. We have a lot of people studying here who are not interested in ordination at all."
It is not binding on priests serving at The Episcopal Church to remain celibate.