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  • Tuesday, April 05, 2005


    Lovely Church, Really

    So this guy is one of the leading possibilities for the next Pope. I'm glad he's got a firm vision of the Catholic Church. Not much of an open door policy though. Inclusion isn't really their strong suit. It's almost always been "our way or the highway". This should help people make up their minds. This is from a Catholic News Service story.
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican's top liturgy official said Rainbow Sash wearers disqualify themselves from receiving Holy Communion because they are demonstrating their opposition to church teaching on homosexuality.

    Cardinal Francis Arinze, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, made the comment in a written response to Catholic News Service in early February.

    Rainbow Sash, which describes itself as an organization of gay and lesbian Catholics and their families and friends, has criticized church statements on homosexuality, including the church's teaching that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered" and that homosexual orientation is "objectively disordered."

    To underline their point, the group's members sometimes attend Mass and receive Communion wearing the sash.

    Cardinal Arinze discussed the issue with at least one U.S. archbishop during U.S. bishops' visits to the Vatican in 2004. A Catholic Web site recently reported that in a private communication, Cardinal Arinze's secretary said the cardinal thought sash wearers should not receive Communion.

    Asked about his position by CNS, Cardinal Arinze said: "Rainbow Sash wearers are showing their opposition to church teaching on a major issue of natural law and so disqualify themselves from being given holy Communion."

    The church teaching that homosexual acts are contrary to natural law and that the homosexual inclination is "objectively disordered" is contained in the "Catechism of the Catholic Church," which was revised and corrected in 1997.

    The church also teaches that homosexuals must be accepted with love and respect and that they should not be discriminated against.

    Some bishops have denied the Eucharist to Rainbow Sash members on the grounds that they were using the Eucharist to manifest opposition to church teaching. Some Rainbow Sash members have said they consider their wearing of the sash an act of celebration, not protest.
    (via Pam's House Blend)

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