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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. Everyone in the archbishop's inner circle is gay. He either knows that or willfully ignores it.

    Posted by: JCMS | Sep 25, 2012 10:49:56 AM

  2. Again no mention of the teachings of Christ, but FOLLOW ORDERS of the Roman Catholic Church.

    There is nothing Christ like about the modern catholic church at all. Jesus wouldn't recognize what has become of his teachings.

    Posted by: | Sep 25, 2012 10:50:46 AM

  3. why does he not just come out and say what is in the Canon Law ?

    If you persist, unrepentant, in your defying of Church teaching, by being and practicing being gay, you are automatically excommunicated.
    That is excluded from communion and the sacraments.
    So any of you gays out there who want to continue to feel that the church wants you or loves you or that you can change things from the inside, I have news for you :
    You are all excommunicated.
    If you persist in taking communion in defiance of the church you are compounding your mortal sins.

    Of course in real life these Bishops are moral cowards, frightened of losing tenure, frightened of their positions within the hierarchy and altogether Pathetic.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 25, 2012 10:55:01 AM

  4. The Episcopal Church welcomes you. We'll share communion. And, as of this year, we will marry you too. And we have a catholic liturgical tradition.

    Posted by: Chris Gable | Sep 25, 2012 11:06:13 AM

  5. The Episcopal Church welcomes you. We'll share communion. And, as of this year, we will marry you too. And we have a catholic liturgical tradition.

    Posted by: Chris Gable | Sep 25, 2012 11:06:14 AM

  6. You can't degrade women, discourage birth control, discourage more robust education, and then bemoan abortions. You can't deny marriage equality and then judge the LGBT community for promiscuity and an "anti-family" lifestyle. At some point the Church is going to have to recognize that people face non-idealized, non-abstract situations in this world that Church teachings are not designed to handle. The sad truth is that if those teachings better reflected the actual Gospel then Archbishop Myers and his ilk would have very little power.

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 25, 2012 11:14:50 AM

  7. Tyranny ends the day the last king is strangled with the intestines of the last priest.

    Posted by: Nigel | Sep 25, 2012 11:23:37 AM

  8. Think again bishop. If siblings want to marry, I'm all for it, so long as they cannot reproduce with each other.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 25, 2012 12:12:39 PM

  9. I don't the Catholic Church understands how to read polls,especially the ones that say that more then half of all parishoners are in favour of same sex marriage..They need to get a clue

    Posted by: Jonathan | Sep 25, 2012 12:48:12 PM

  10. "He said he issued the statement because of what he described as a lack of clarity on the subject by other bishops."

    I'm sure Pope Benny and the Archbishop of Washington are delighted by Myers' critique of their statements.

    @Chris Gable: As a fellow member of TEC, you're overstating that we will marry gays. What we have is a Blessing of Same-Sex Unions which, if I remember correctly, requires the approval of the diocesan Bishop to be used. This makes it not available nationwide:(

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 25, 2012 1:00:57 PM

  11. nice of him to take the time away from his child-raping schedule to say this!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 25, 2012 1:06:36 PM

  12. Not all Catholics are Roman Catholics, you know. And not all Catholic churches teach homophobia or misogyny. Mine doesn't - I'm Catholic, pro-choice, pro-mariage equality, pro-married and female clergy...and so's my Catholic church. :D

    Posted by: AJ | Sep 25, 2012 2:04:18 PM

  13. Well at least the pedophiles can still take communion. Hell, they can still administer it.

    Posted by: rayrayj | Sep 25, 2012 3:35:46 PM

  14. Myers was RC Bishop of Peoria, IL, the diocese where I live before going to Newark. The great majority of Roman Catholics in that diocese could not wait to have him leave. His belligerence, condescension, arrogance, lack of humility, authoritarianism, playing favorites, disrespect for his saintly and kind predecessor, his mania for money, and his devious manner of forcing his will on the diocese made him despised. Also, after his departure, the mess caused by pedophile / sexual molester clergy continued b/c Ryan & crew had been ineffective in identifying, punishing, reporting, and removing from Holy Orders the offenders he knew about. Having said all that, it remains the case, any and all claims to the contrary notwithstanding, that the Roman Catholic sect firmly and canonically condemns any homosexual behavior AND ORIENTATION as being "intrinsically disordered" per its official Catechism. Anyone who persists in homosexual acts without considering them sinful and repenting and ceasing, is IPSO FACTO ex-communicated, automatically, sans any official declaration of any church ordained person or judiciary, and if such person continues to receive Holy Communion, or in Holy Penance does not confess such acts as sin, that person is considered to be compounding his / her sin, and receives Holy Communion to his / her damnation, not salvation, and any Penance absolution received is utterly null and void, and the person remains in a state of mortal sin.

    Posted by: Mickey McNulta | Sep 25, 2012 5:27:10 PM

  15. No priests or clergy have the right to demand our obedience to them for the sake of their dogma and doctrines. That they still seek to evade any responsibility for the conduct of their own criminal clergy and silence their child, youth, teen and young adult victims means they've abrogated any spiritual authority over us. I have refused to recognize the authority of the Catholic church for 46 years now. They serve power, not their God. Anyone who would say my late brother wasn't good enough to be loved and to marry because he was gay is messed up big time. It was evident to me and my four younger sisters my brother was gay by the time he was 18 months old.

    Posted by: merridee | Sep 25, 2012 6:09:13 PM

  16. You are guilty of thought crime! No communion for you!

    Posted by: phil | Sep 25, 2012 9:55:07 PM

  17. Episcopalians take communion. Roman Catholics receive communion.

    Posted by: bravo | Sep 25, 2012 10:15:59 PM

  18. He's just playing to his hispanic, illegal alien, Catholic base in the area.

    Really, if this surprised or upsets people, they're delusional. Catholicism has always been a scourge, the Pope, an oppressor, and the true believers, sheep deserving whatever they get by being such cowardly and docile followers of an essentially corrupt and sleazy religion.

    But go ahead and support a religion that's all about paying the church to forgive your "sins", that shelters child molesters, and constantly subjugates the poor by telling them birth control is a "sin".

    The only good Catholic is a former Catholic that's become an atheist.

    Posted by: Buckie | Sep 26, 2012 2:36:48 AM

  19. so basically, it comes down to, "if you don't shun your gay loved ones you can't be in fellowship with Christ who loved all."

    I don't see the logic myself, but no matter: this kind of s**t has been backfiring on these ignorant, self-seeking hypocrites for years now. Not that this clown cares: he has his eye on a Red Hat--and that's all he cares about: let all of your children (and himself) be damned as long as he gets it.

    I say you're welcome to all the "honors" your sick institution can confer on you. And the devil take you all.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Sep 26, 2012 6:32:41 AM

  20. The Pope is a Nazi faggot and he can take communion. What is the story here? Guess the Archbishop ran out of Acolytes for his personal anal probe.

    Posted by: Dr. M | Sep 26, 2012 1:19:23 PM

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