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May 16, 2005

Priest denies communion to unrepentant sinners

From the Las Vegas Sun:

A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 parishioners Sunday, 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.

A group called the Rainbow Sash Alliance has encouraged supporters to wear the multicolored fabric bands since 2001 on each Pentecost Sunday, the day Catholics believe the Holy Spirit came to give power to Christians soon after Jesus ascended to heaven. But Sunday's service was the first time they had been denied communion at the altar.

Archbishop Harry Flynn told the group earlier this month that they would not receive communion because the sashes had become a protest against church teaching.

So far there doesn't seem to be the same outrage expressed as there is when Protestants do, more or less, the same thing. While I applaud the priest for standing up for the teachings of not only Catholicism, but Christianity in general as well, I wonder why it's such a horrible thing when non-Catholics do it, but just another story when Catholics do it.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 16, 2005 08:07 AM

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