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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:29 AM

2nd student denied Catholic confirmation in Barnesville

The teenager who was not confirmed at the Catholic church here after he publicly supported same-sex marriage was not the only student who was denied the religious sacrament for backing gay marriage, the church’s priest said in a letter made public Friday.

Published November 17, 2012, 09:49 AM
By: Erik Burgess

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – The teenager who was not confirmed at the Catholic church here after he publicly supported same-sex marriage was not the only student who was denied the religious sacrament for backing gay marriage, the church’s priest said in a letter made public Friday.

In the letter, addressed to the parish of Assumption Church at 307 Front St. N., the Rev. Gary LaMoine says “a couple of candidates chose not to enter into full communion with the Catholic community because of their disagreement with the teaching of the Church concerning marriage.”

LaMoine also apologizes in the letter for the actions of 17-year-old Lennon Cihak’s family, who went public Wednesday with their claims that LaMoine denied their son confirmation after he posted a pro same-sex marriage photo on Facebook last month.

“I apologize to the parish for the actions of this family,” LaMoine wrote. “I have personally spent much time talking to them face to face about their unwillingness to accept the teaching of the Church on marriage but to no avail.”

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mykpart Nov 2012 #6
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Response to rug (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:44 AM

1. If they keep this up, they're going to lose a lot of young people

The hypocrisy is astonishing, and the kids see this.

They see that the church for decades condoned priests having sex with boys, but condemns same-sex people who love each other and want to marry.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:13 PM

2. I cannot see how they justify denying religious confirmation for supporting secular civil rights.

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Response to rug (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:02 PM

6. My thought exactly.

It is possible to accept Church teaching on marriage and still support civil marriage for same sex couples. I doubt that anyone was asking the priest to marry two men to each other.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:10 PM

3. Priest's actions scandalous

If a priest or the Church in general decides to deny sacraments to someone actually in a gay marriage, which the church has declared illicit, or someone who actually participates in abortion or other act declared mortally sinful by their definition, that is their right.

However, Catholics should not be denied sacraments based only on support for unapproved activities. Very often, that support is based on the most charitable thoughts of the individuals involved, and the clerics cannot possible know what is in the hearts of those whom they are refusing. I would venture to guess that some of those refused sacraments have given more thought to their stand than others who just unthinkingly go through the routines of preparedness and are accepted.

I am a once and forever Catholic who disapproves of uncharitable acts by clergy and others.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:23 PM

4. They also deny sacraments to straight couples living together and unmarried.

At least that's consistent.

But for political purposes? You used the right word, "scandalous".

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Response to rug (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:44 AM

7. And it doesn't work very well.

If denial of sacraments to force Catholics to conform to their political beliefs worked then Italy would still be a patchwork of kingdoms with the Pope as absolute dictator over a third of the country.

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