I write this blog entry both as a gay dad and as an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church.
Then there are moments when a priest, pastor, or minister in a church
is openly and shockingly exclusive, barring a church member who is a
gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer parent in a same-sex
relationship from one of the central rituals, otherwise known as
sacraments, in the life of a congregation: Holy Communion, Eucharist, or
the Lord’s Supper. Not only have same-sex parents been denied
participation in Holy Community, but other family members, straight
allies, and some politicians who support marriage equality have been and
are denied the bread and cup of this holy meal by the minister or
priest who is presiding at the table or altar.
A case in point is the Roman Catholic Church, Assumption Church, in
Barnesville, where the priest Rev. Gary LaMoine told the family of
17-year-old Lennon Cihak that they were all to be denied Communion
because Lennon is gay and was against amending Minnesota’s constitution,
outlawing marriage equality. Lennon altered a political sign that
originally said “Vote Yes” on the marriage amendment and in its place
The family is still incredibly kind toward the Church. Lennon’s
father still calls Rev. LaMoine a “messenger of the church,” while
Lennon doesn’t want the entire Catholic religion put down. He just
thinks that Rev. LaMoine is simply “strict.”
Read more on: http://www.parentsociety.com/todays-family/same-sex-parents/exclusion-from-the-churc/
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