Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Archbishop says that Catholics who support same-sex marriage shouldn't receive Holy Communion

The Detroit Free Press newspaper reports that Allen Vigneron, the Catholic archbishop of Detroit (USA), has said Catholics who support same-sex marriage shouldn't receive Holy Communion. It also quotes the archbishop saying:
"For a Catholic to receive holy Communion and still deny the revelation Christ entrusted to the church is to try to say two contradictory things at once: 'I believe the church offers the saving truth of Jesus, and I reject what the church teaches.' In effect, they would contradict themselves. This sort of behavior would result in publicly renouncing one's integrity and logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury. [The Church wants to help Catholics] avoid this personal disaster."
The newspaper also reports that the archbishop told a press conference last month:
"Were we to abandon [our views opposing abortion and supporting traditional marriage], we would be like physicians who didn't tell their patients that certain forms of behavior are not really in their best interest."
I pray that all bishops and clergy will be blessed with the same admirable balance of firmness and pastoral concern as Archbishop Vigneron.

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