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Newark Archbishop Tells Pro-Gay Catholics They Should Refrain from Taking Communion, Urges Voters to Defend Marriage

Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is releasing a "sweeping pastoral statement" against same-sex marriage and abortion today, North Jersey reports, and it includes some instructions to Catholics who disagree with church teachings and advice on how to cast their vote in the November election:

Myers...he said they should examine the “full spectrum” of each candidate, including how they stand on abortion and “a proper backing of marriage.”

He also said in the statement, a copy of which was provided to The Record before its release, that Catholics who disagree with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on marriage should “refrain from receiving Holy Communion.” He said he issued the statement because of what he described as a lack of clarity on the subject by other bishops.

Myers' statement compares same-sex marriage to incest:

“Even those who propose radically altering the definition of marriage would not advocate allowing two brothers or sisters or an uncle and his nephew to marry (say, for the tax benefits, or for hospital visiting privileges),” he wrote.

Myers says the timing of the letter has nothing to do with the election:

Myers said he intended to release the statement in March but it was delayed as he recovered from surgery for a detached retina.

He said he doesn’t believe polls that show a majority of Catholics support same-sex marriage. According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of American Catholics favor same-sex marriage, and the number rises to 72 percent among those between the ages of 18 and 34. But Myers acknowledged that a large number of Catholics seem to be at odds with church teaching, and that he wanted to reach out to them with his statement.

“No one has said things clearly to them for years,” he said.

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  1. once again an ostensibly celibate man in a dress is telling people how to run their marriages and sex lives. That is a concept I never understood, marriage (or sexual) advice from a self defined celibate. That's like taking advice on being vegan from a lion.

    I do however agree, to a point, with his statement that people who disagree with his church should not take communion.

    I take it further, they should find another church, one that does not hate gays.

    Posted by: mikenola | Sep 25, 2012 8:57:56 AM


  2. Says the drag queen

    Posted by: Mawm | Sep 25, 2012 9:05:50 AM


  3. Yeah, I agree. They shouldn't take communion. Just as a way to show how many support us. They're gonna have a lot of wafers left over - maybe they could use them to feed the poor, something they used to do before they started concentrating on denying hating gay people.

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 25, 2012 9:10:00 AM


  4. Sorry. Take "denying" out of above comment.

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 25, 2012 9:11:14 AM


  5. His hands are in that position because he had to push down on the altar boy's head to keep him out of the frame.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 25, 2012 9:13:09 AM


  6. The rules to deny someone communion are quite specific, it was not a directive from the church but a request from a misguided archbishop. He won't be but he should be recalled for breaking faith with the catechism

    Posted by: Thrutch | Sep 25, 2012 9:14:22 AM


  7. To add to what MIKENOLA said, the second these churches start telling their sheep how to vote is the second they should lose their tax exempt status. Our forefathers came to this country, in part, to get out from under the thumb of the Church of England, not to get under the forefinger of the Vatican.

    These morons need to be paying *far* more attention to their pedo priests (and bringing them to justice) than they do to what is going on in my bedroom.

    Also, I don't buy this bullpucky about gay marriage being between direct family members for "hospital visitation" (or other such nonsense) -- for starters, they're direct family, so they are already allowed to visit their family members in the hospital...

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 25, 2012 9:14:45 AM


  8. This kind of nonsense will lead to less Catholics.

    Posted by: jay | Sep 25, 2012 9:15:06 AM


  9. Perhaps the Archbishop needs a refresher course in basic Christian beliefs. In my Catholic parish, gay people are welcomed and accepted. Things will change, whether the Church likes it or not.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 25, 2012 9:30:57 AM


  10. "They shouldn't take communion. Just as a way to show how many support us"

    That is a great idea, Craig. They should get in the communion line and when the priest goes to give them the wafer, they should wave him off, saying, "None for me, thanks".

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 25, 2012 9:37:11 AM


  11. If I could find such an organization, I would actively commit my time to revoking the tax-exempt status of all non-profit and charitable organizations nationally. Taxing the enormous real estate holdings of the church at the current market rate would effectively end the national debt. BTW, I have an advanced degree in non-profit management.

    Does anyone know of such an organization?

    Posted by: Dc | Sep 25, 2012 9:38:07 AM


  12. Bishop, the internet is forever, and the many transgressions, grievous sins of the Roman Catholic Church have been and will continue to be itemized, analyzed and described in detail--forever! The church as you know it is finished and will not survive the 21st century. In the meantime, do tell us what you think. Americans just love being told by disgraced authorities how to behave- always good for a laugh.

    Posted by: My2cents | Sep 25, 2012 9:41:14 AM


  13. Who cares what he says. Excommunication only worked 700 years go. Fool in a dress

    Posted by: hornlongjohn | Sep 25, 2012 9:45:50 AM


  14. TAX THE CHURCH. Simple.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Sep 25, 2012 9:47:45 AM


  15. You should use the term ROMAN Catholic when doing articles about these unchristian hate-mongers. There are independent Catholic Churches, some older than the Roman papal variety.

    The non-Roman denominations (e.g., Old Catholic Church, Liberal Catholic Church, etc.) are **not** anti-gay or anti-women.

    Posted by: Wynn Wagner | Sep 25, 2012 10:05:49 AM


  16. This man is a child pimp. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/12/newark_archbishop_shielded_at.html

    Posted by: Frank | Sep 25, 2012 10:06:28 AM


  17. He didn't go as far as saying stopping donating money to the church, which is like reverse excommunication. No, he wouldn't say that. The press should ask him about that.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 25, 2012 10:08:30 AM


  18. "[A] large number of Catholics seem to be at odds with church teaching, and that he wanted to reach out to them with his statement."

    I'm sorry, but "f*ck you" does not qualify as reaching out to people who are at odds with church teaching.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 25, 2012 10:13:24 AM


  19. "'No one has said things clearly to them for years,' he said."

    Not so. Roman Catholic bishops have been opposing every single law that would protect the civil rights of LGBT people for at least the last 38 years. They have made it perfect clear, from popes on down, that despite their claims of love, they think LGBT people do not deserve any legal protections.

    Now this archbishop says that those catholics who do not accept the teachings of him and his fellow bishops should not take communion. He says that his teachings are the teachings of the church. Yet he and his fellow bishops are a tiny fraction of the total number of catholics in the world. They are as much the church as he and his cohorts are.

    And though he may choose not to believe the polls that say he is becoming more and more in the minority as his fellow catholics come to realize the rightness of marriage equality, he is indeed in the minority. He and his cohorts are losing control. They can no longer coerce the intelligent, educated catholics in their dioceses into braying and following like sheep whenever they issue bigoted, ignorant statements.

    Posted by: john patrick | Sep 25, 2012 10:31:27 AM


  20. Pedophile/enabler says what?

    Posted by: Mark Alexander | Sep 25, 2012 10:33:40 AM


  21. You know there's a reason these hypocrites insist on being called father and on caling the congregation a flock (as in simple minded sheep in need of leadership). I bet they long for the god ole days of the inqisition when they could actually terrify people with what they said. Now they are just racing down the road to irrelevancy

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 25, 2012 10:37:06 AM


  22. You know there's a reason these hypocrites insist on being called father and on caling the congregation a flock (as in simple minded sheep in need of leadership). I bet they long for the god ole days of the inqisition when they could actually terrify people with what they said. Now they are just racing down the road to irrelevancy

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 25, 2012 10:37:07 AM


  23. Ah, so the pogrom against our Christian allies begins in earnest... I would expect to see more announcements like this targeting progressive/supportive Catholics in the weeks to come before the election.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Sep 25, 2012 10:41:33 AM


  24. While I am a member of a Gay friendly Christian Church, I strongly feel people should always think for themselves. I was raised Roman Catholic and used to have a sort of fondness for them. Their involvement in Prop 8 ended that. I really feel they really stuck their nose where it did not belong in a secular society that believes all people are created equal. To teach your flock is one thing, but to try and take people's rights away by helping run a nasty lying campaign is another. Another huge issue is that they are not only anti choice, but anti birth control. My mother felt guilty for using birth control after already having three children. Their teachings cause needless suffering in poor and developing nations. All those told not to take communion should really $top $upporting the ignorance.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Sep 25, 2012 10:42:32 AM


  25. Wow. What an utter piece of sh*t. "Either hate gay people or you can't partake in the sacraments of our religion."

    Does he think this will change anyone's mind? I seriously doubt it. Catholics have had 3 decades of shocking evidence about what the church hierarchy has been up to, how far they put maintaining their wealth and reputation above their parishioners. They've seen what's behind the curtain and this mumbo-jumbo doesn't work anymore for most of them.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 25, 2012 10:48:59 AM


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