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McGreevey don't preach

Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who resigned the office in 2004 after he revealed he was having an affair with a man, has been trying to become a priest in the Episcopal Church.

But the New York Post reports that despite receiving a master’s degree in divinity four years ago, the church is not exactly warm to his effort at redemption.

"It was not being gay but for being a jackass,” a source with the Episcopal Diocese of Newark told the Post, adding that McGreevey “didn't come out of the whole divorce looking good."

McGreevey was raised Catholic, was an altar boy, attended Catholic schools, and had described himself as a devout Catholic.

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“Some leaders also were wary of McGreevey's sudden embrace of their faith after his scandal and feared the church was being used, the source added.

“After resigning as governor, ‘he was sort of looking for every angle to make a complete redo of his professional life,’ said another church source. ‘He ran to the church for some kind of cover, which isn't fully appropriate. Even if he's a good guy, he should wait five to 10 years to get over his issues.’” …

“Reached by telephone, McGreevey, citing the confidentiality of the priesthood process, declined to comment. … After the rejection, McGreevey, 53, told friends he was counseled that he ‘needs more seasoning,’ a source said.”