An Episcopal priest shocked his congregation recently when he divorced his wife and married a much younger man.
Episcopal priest divorces wife to marry younger man
One churchgoer said many parishioners severed ties to the church after the priest, Rev. Quevedo-Bosch came out as gay at the pulpit a month ago
59-yr-old Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch who is an archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, had reportedly announced over Facebook that he had tied the knot in a church in Los Angeles.
According to NY Post, Rev. Quevedo-Bosch uploaded a photo on a beach with the caption: “I’m in Miami Beach with my new husband. God is good.”
One churchgoer said many parishioners severed ties to the church after Quevedo-Bosch came out as gay at the pulpit a month ago.
“Most of the people aren’t coming anymore,” the elderly woman said. “Because he’s homosexual, people have stopped coming.”
But she said Quevedo-Bosch also has supporters among his flock at the church, which holds Spanish-language services for a largely Hispanic congregation.
They started a petition to urge him to stay when he publicly offered to resign, the woman said, adding that she signed the petition.
Quevedo-Bosch has not been seen at the church for the last month, she said.
Attendance has dwindled, she said, with many parishioners instead going to Mass at a satellite church a few blocks away.
Saturday services have been canceled, and only seven worshippers showed up at Wednesday’s Mass.
NY Post reports that some of the faithful remain in the dark. One told the newspaper that Quevedo-Bosch is “a wonderful husband” to his wife, 73-yr-old Adria and seemed puzzled when told the pastor had married a man.
Quevedo-Bosch’s bio on the church’s Web site still says he “lives with his wife, Adria, enjoys house music and enjoys watching dance break.”
On a different, older Facebook page in his name, he and his wife are pictured in a 2011 photo illustration as Santa and Mrs. Claus standing in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
Quevedo-Bosch would not answer any questions about his wife or divorce, and he revealed little about his new union to The Post.
“I am aware that there have been concerns regarding my divorce and subsequent remarriage and have been in touch with my bishop and my congregation about them,” Quevedo-Bosch told The Post.
In a post on Twitter last week, the priest announced that he would be keeping his personal and professional lives separate from now on.
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