Rev. Tom Brock, a Lutheran pastor in Minneapolis who has been critical of allowing gays into the clergy, is on leave after attending a support group for men with same-sex addiction.
A fixture on local cable access shows, Brock regularly broadcasts conservative views on homosexuality and criticizes the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for liberalizing its gay clergy policy. Lavender Magazine published a story last week about Brock’s quiet attendance of the Faith in Action meetings, written by a reporter who falsely posed as a member of the group.
“The fact that he said one thing publicly, and privately he’s a homosexual — that’s somewhat inconsistent,” said Lavender president Stephen Rocheford. “This company has a policy not to out people. The one exception is a public figure who says one thing and does another.”
When the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to allow non-celibate gays to become clergy, Brock objected.
In a TV broadcast, Brock called it a “grievous week” and mentioned that a tornado struck the convention hall where the Lutherans were meeting right as they were preparing to vote.
“Every time the Bible mentions homosexual behavior, it condemns it,” Brock said in the broadcast. “It never adds, it’s OK if you love each other.”