Rev. Warren Hall was the director of the Office of Campus Ministry at Seton Hall University, one of the country's oldest Catholic colleges. He's not anymore, because he was fired for not hating gay people.
Seton Hall, Warren Hall. No relation. (Via NY Daily News)
Last week, Rev. Warren Hall posted a picture to Facebook (since removed) of himself supporting the "NO H8" campaign. Unfortunately, Hall's casual, public support of a movement that aims to get people to hate other people less does not quite jibe with the Catholic Church's stance on the issue, which is that gay people are icky and weird and the devil. On Friday, Hall posted the tweet above, announcing he'd been fired by the Archdiocese of Newark, which makes all of Seton Hall's personnel decisions.
The Catholic Church is probably anti-volleyball, too. (Via Facebook)
While the Archdiocese has no comment on the matter, more than 600 students have already signed a petition demanding that Hall be reinstated, more or less bringing up that SHU is on the wrong side of history, especially since even Pope Francis has significantly softened the Church's tone on gay rights.
And as far as Rev. Hall is concerned, dude's not even mad:
Grateful for all the support. Dont be angry!! Turn this into an opportunity for open/reasonable discussion on LGBT issues on a Cath Campus.
— Warren Hall (@Warrmeister) May 15, 2015