Gay supporters denied communion

By | May 17, 2005

Longtime readers here will know that I tend to write a lot about the Catholic church. This is due to the fact that I promised my wife Erin that I would try to actively support her raising Colin in the Catholic church. Which would mean that I would start actively participating in Erin’s faith. And I absolutely had every intention of doing so.

Then the Catholic church went nutso. I was already not happy with them for their inflexible anti-abortion stand. Though I could at least understand why they were against abortion. However, I could not come close to understanding the church’s hard-line anti-homosexual agenda. They became so rabidly anti-gay that I could not bear to step within a church. I was not going to do anything to support this institution. The worst point came when the church released an official statement equating homosexuals adopting a child with child abuse. That was the last step for me; after that, I completely moved away from the church.

Over the (many) months that have passed since then, I’ve considered changing my stance, mainly for Erin. But every time I decide to try to be a little tolerant, the church does something else that is morally reprehensible. This time around, a priest actually refused to serve communion to a group of gay supporters. “A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 people Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore rainbow-colored sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics.”

Where in the bible does Jesus say, “Share my body and blood with everyone except for homosexuals or people who support gay rights?” Where does Jesus say, “Deny my communion to those who you don’t agree with?” This was a disgusting display of intolerance and prejudice, one that does not have moral or scriptural justification. And it is exactly the type of thing that keeps me far away from the Catholic church.

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