A priest from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has resigned from his post after making controversial remarks on social media, including saying gay men and lesbians should be killed.
In a Facebook post, Father James Moore told parishioners he believed homosexuality was a sin.
“I believe that homosexuality is a grave sin,” he wrote.
“As such, I would like to apologize to all those who are offended by my remarks.”
Moore is one of the latest in a growing number of priests in the U.S. who have been outspoken in their opposition to same-sex marriage.
In March, Pope Francis issued a decree calling for Catholics to oppose same-gender marriage and to use their political influence to persuade state legislatures to repeal same-class marriage laws.
Moore has been accused of being homophobic, a charge he denies.
He has said he does not believe same- sex relationships are valid, and said he was merely saying that homosexual acts are morally wrong.
He told The American Baptist Press last month that he believed in traditional marriage, which is not the same as homosexual unions.
In his resignation letter to parishioner families, Moore said his views on homosexuality were not consistent with the Roman Congregation for Bishops’ Code of Canon Law.
He wrote that he “wanted to be a strong Catholic voice for our Christian brothers and sisters in the diocese.”