… they have their own headaches:
An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man.
The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he got married in a Los Angeles church.
The Cuban-born prelate was pictured 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.
The priest’s parish website—from which the above photograph was taken—notes:
Fr John also is longtime member of Societas liturgical, ecumenical society for liturgical study and a member of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation. He lives with his wife Adria, enjoys house music, and enjoys watching dance break.