Retired Roman Catholic priest officiates gay weddings

As New Jersey’s marriage equality law goes into effect, clergy officiated at weddings just after midnight. One priest is the Rev. Thomas Pivinski, a retired Roman Catholic priest.

From Salon:

New Jersey’s new marriage equality law went into effect just after 12 a.m. on Monday, and dozens of couples across the state marked the historic shift by exchanging midnight vows.

Three couples in Asbury Park got a little help from retired Catholic priest Rev. Thomas Pivinski, who officiated their ceremonies and called his state’s recognition of marriage equality “wonderful.”

From the website of Trinity Episcopal Church, Asbury Park, NJ:

Fr. Tom, a Catholic priest is retired from active ministry and has a small private psychotherapy practice in Asbury Park. Tom and his partner, Malcolm, have lived in Asbury Park for 12 years with their dogs: Chloe, Bojkie, Lily and Rosie.


Tom says, “Trinity has become my place of worship because of its uniqueness as a diverse community of faith. Tradition and ritual are wrapped in welcome and acceptance and God is alive here. The invitation to extend the Eucharistic table out the doors into our daily life where a God-hungry world awaits is a constant theme that nourishes and challenges me every Sunday.”

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  1. Peter Pearson

    What’s ecclesiastical for “civil disobedience”?

    Good for him but he’s going to have some “splainin’ to do” (quoting Ricky Riccardo).

  2. Clint Davis

    ‘Splainin’ to whom? I mean, if he’s on the public record performing same-sex marriages, living with his partner, worshiping with and receiving the Eucharist from an Episcopal church, I think he and the Roman hierarchy are long past the ‘splainin’ stage.

  3. Peter Pearson

    I rather doubt that the publicity of this one action compares to what he does quietly and without the media’s assistance. There is an action and an ACTION. I would have thought that this was obvious. Sorry if it wasn’t.

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    Actually, if he’s retired and has his own income (not an income from the church) then there really isn’t anything the hierarchy can do besides excommunicate him. It doesn’t sound like he’s very worried about that. Good for him!

    Cullin R. Schooley

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