PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Father Jim Saint George, a former adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College, says he’s now considering legal action against the school for not renewing his contract to teach two classes this spring.
Saint George says he was fired because he is gay.
“They felt comfortable enough to put in writing that they were firing me because I was gay,” said Saint George.
The president of Chestnut Hill College, Sister Carol Jean Vale, said in a statement: “It was with great disappointment when we learned through Saint George’s public statement of his involvement in a gay relationship with another man for the past 15 years.”
“So, this is like another frontier of bias and hate and it’s coming from a religious institution,” said Saint George.
The school says Saint George also presented himself as a traditional Catholic priest. He leads Saint Miriam’s in Blue Bell, which is not part of the Roman Catholic Church.
Saint George said the college knew that when they came to him with the teaching position in 2009.
“When I was in the initial meeting I said, ‘You don’t have to be a Roman Catholic to work?’ They said, ‘Oh, no. We have all kinds of denominations that work here.”
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Reported by Robin Rieger, CBS 3