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Jim McGreevey, Ex-NJ Gov, Denied Priesthood By Episcopal Church

First Posted: 04/25/11 02:52 PM ET Updated: 06/25/11 06:12 AM ET

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Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey- who famously resigned the office in 2004 after coming out as a "gay American" and admitting to extramarital affairs- was denied in his bid to be a priest in the Episcopal Church, according to The New York Post.

Reports vary as to why McGreevey was rejected.

The Post cites one source from the Episcopal Diocese of Newark claiming "It was not being gay but for being a jackass -- [McGreevey] didn't come out of the whole divorce looking good." McGreevey had a messy public divorce with Dina Matos, with whom he has a daughter and pays child support.

More anonymous sources within the church told the Post McGreevey's sudden dedication to the Episcopalian church seemed like an obvious attempt to rehabilitate his public image.

Others claim that it is perfectly normal for aspiring priests to be told that they need more experience and education before joining the priesthood. McGreevey received his Masters In Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea after quitting the Governor's office.

The Episcopal church lifted its ban on gay and lesbian priests in 2009.

McGreevey lives with in Plainfield, New Jersey where he shares a mansion with his partner and Australian real-estate executive, Mark O'Donnell, according to NBC News.

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Filed by Christopher Mathias  |