Episcopal Church: ‘Jack*ss’ ex-NJ governor can’t be a priest

By David Edwards
Monday, April 25, 2011 14:31 EDT
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James McGreevey, the former Democratic governor from New Jersey who resigned after admitting he had an affair with another man, won’t be starting a new career as a priest anytime soon.

The Episcopal Church has denied the former governor’s request to enter the priesthood, according to The New York Post.

“It was not being gay but for being a jackass — [McGreevey] didn’t come out of the whole divorce looking good,” a source with the Episcopal Diocese of Newark told the paper.

McGreevey’s protracted divorce with his ex-wife Dina Matos was publicly bitter and salacious. In 2008, he admitted that he and his wife had participated in threesomes with a former aide.

Members of the church were also concerned that McGreevey was using religion to rehabilitate his image.

“[H]e was sort of looking for every angle to make a complete redo of his professional life,” a source within the church said. “He ran to the church for some kind of cover, which isn’t fully appropriate. Even if he’s a good guy, he should wait five to 10 years to get over his issues.”

McGreevey declined to comment, citing confidentiality requirements of the church.

The church officially received McGreevey as a member in 2007. He graduated last spring from the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan with a master’s in divinity.

Prior to leaving his job as governor, McGreevey had described himself as a devout Catholic.

h/t: Joe My God

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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