Seton Hall priest says he was fired for supporting ‘NOH8 Campaign’

Warren Hall was removed from his post at Seton Hall after he posted a Facebook message supporting the anti-bullying message of the NOH8 campaign. Now he opens up for the first time since his removal, coming out publicly as gay.

Warren Hall was removed from his post at Seton Hall after he posted a Facebook message supporting the anti-bullying message of the NOH8 campaign. Now he opens up for the first time since his removal, coming out publicly as gay.

Warren Hall

Warren Hall

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — A Catholic priest says he was fired as director of Seton Hall University’s campus ministry after publicly supporting the “NOH8 Campaign” in a Facebook post.

Rev. Warren Hall took to Twitter Friday saying: “I’ve been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT ‘NO H8.’ I’m sorry it was met with this response. I’ll miss my work here.”

He has since removed the tweet and the Facebook post.

NJ.com reports:

A spokeswoman for the Catholic university said personnel decisions about priests on campus are managed by the Archdiocese of Newark.

“Seton Hall University does not comment on personnel matters,” spokeswoman Laurie Pine said in a statement. “The Archbishop of Newark appoints the Director of Campus Ministry, who serves at his discretion.”

Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the Archdiocese, declined to comment on the specifics of why Hall was removed from the campus ministry position, but did confirm that Hall’s “term as director of campus ministry is ending.”

Goodness said Hall will still serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, but will have a new assignment.

The timing of Hall’s removal comes at a time when Seton Hall is pursuing Derrick Gordon, a Plainfield native and UMass transfer who is the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player, and a much-needed sixth man for next year’s team.

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Seton Hall, the oldest Diocesan university in the country, is governed by a 16-member board of trustees. Eleven of those positions are filled by members of the Archdiocese of Newark, and the Archbishop of Newark serves as chairman of the board.

A petition started by students demanding Hall’s reinstatement has since received over 1,800 signatures.

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