Despite statements from Pope Francis regarding respecting LGBT people, he has not changed the official stance of the Catholic Church regarding same-sex marriage or homosexuality. To that end, Reynolds was excommunicated. Reynold resigned from the Catholic priesthood in 2011.
Reynolds received a letter last week from Pope Francis informing him that he had been kicked out of the Catholic Church, and that he cannot participate in the sacraments and the services of the Church.
Survivors of child sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests are wondering when a priest from Missouri will be defrocked and excommunicated for creating child pornography including taking photos of a two year old. That priest was sentenced to fifty years in prison.
The push to excommunicate Reynolds came from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, aka the Inquisition and was signed by Pope Francis.
Reynolds chose to open his own church in 2012 called the Inclusive Catholics.
Reynolds was the first person in Melbourne to be excommunicated.
Reynolds had expected to be defrocked, but not excommunicated. Still, it matters little since he had already left the Catholic Church. He said that “In times past excommunication was a huge thing, but today the hierarchy have lost such trust and respect. I’ve come to this position because I’ve followed my conscience on women’s ordination and gay marriage.”