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Monday, May 16, 2005

Priest denies communion, contradicts 1997 US pastoral letter

Posted by Frankie at 5/16/2005 03:38:00 AM

Again a Catholic priest has denied communion to gays or anyone who supports their right to be accepted into the church...
A Roman Catholic priest denied Communion to more than 100 parishioners yesterday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore rainbow-colored sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics.

Before offering Communion, the Rev. Michael Sklucazek told the congregation at the Cathedral of St. Paul that anyone wearing a sash could come forward for a blessing, but would not receive wine and bread.

This contradicts what was suggested in a 1997 pastoral letter entitled “Always Our Children” written by US Catholic bishops.
... the fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended and that all of us must strive to eliminate any form of injustice, oppression, or violence against them...Homosexual persons 'must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.'

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