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MN. Church Denies Entire Family Communion Over Son's Gay Marriage Support


The Assumption Church, a Catholic congregation in Barnesville, Minnesota, does not mess around when it comes to fighting followers who support marriage equality.

The church's priest, Rev. Gary LaMoine, told the family of 17-year old Lennon Cihak that he cannot participate in his scheduled confirmation because Cihak shared his opposition to the recently defeated amendment that would define marriage as one man and one woman.

Not only that, LaMoine is now denying Communion to the entire family, including Cihak's parents, who have attended the church for decades.

From The Forum Of Fargo-Moorhead:

The Facebook post in question was a photo of Lennon in front of an altered political sign. Originally reading “Vote Yes” on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment... Lennon scribbled out the “yes” and replaced it with “NO"

Lennon said fellow students in his confirmation class “liked” the photo on Facebook, but they were still allowed to be confirmed.

“I just thought it was wrong to single him out,” [mother] Shana said.

Her husband, Doug Cihak, agreed.

“(LaMoine) was talking about ‘God doesn’t believe in this.’ Well, God created Lennon,” said Doug, adding that he was baptized and raised in the same church.

But now the family is not allowed to participate in Communion there, Doug said, and he’s worried as to how far the sanctions will go, expressing concern about being able to be buried alongside his parents.

Mrs. Cihak says she'll never return to the church, but Mr. Cihak is more forgiving, calling LaMoine a "messenger of the church." And even more forgiving, young Lennon told the The Forum he doesn't want this story to besmirch the entire church, "I don’t want the Catholic religion to be put down. It’s just the way the priest has things running. He’s so strict. He won’t loosen up about things."

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  1. Welcome to nonbelief. We're growing.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 15, 2012 5:55:25 PM

  2. what is so often said about fag-bashers, i.e., that their violence is a cover for their own closeted gay identity holds true for the obsessively driven Roman clergy. Their obsession with this issue is a measure of their own terror that they'll become known for what they are.

    Too late.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Nov 15, 2012 6:11:30 PM

  3. what this is saying is that if you act like you love your gay loved ones you're not welcome. You MUST hate to be admitted to communion.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Nov 15, 2012 6:15:01 PM

  4. Hey Lennon, if you were named after John Lennon, you and your family should take the words of his iconic song "Imagine" to heart.

    Posted by: RJ | Nov 15, 2012 7:07:41 PM

  5. How do any of these priests dare to assume they know the mind of God - the arrogance! Tell me, who will be more likely to burn: the child who shows love and acceptance for all or the clergy/church who shows nothing but judgment? Judge not lest ye be judged (Matthew 7:1).

    Posted by: cando64 | Nov 15, 2012 7:25:17 PM

  6. As to Rita's statement that "It is good to hear some priests take the teaching of Christ's Church seriously," it is possible to support the Catholic Church's position on same-sex marriage and be opposed to the measure. For one thing, it was intended to change the state constitution, and some people (including me, although I don't agree with the Catholic Church either) believe that constitutions should be as short as possible - if something can be handled by an ordinary law, it should be handled by an ordinary law. Constitutions typically tell you what branches of government there are, the responsibilities of each branch, and additionally put constraints on what government can do or grant civil rights. A statement of who can marry whom should not be in a constitution, just as a parking ordinance shouldn't.

    While a 17 year old is too young to vote, I'd have some real issues with an organization that tried to coerce people into voting a particular way - doing that should be a criminal offense.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 15, 2012 8:30:55 PM

  7. From the public parish bulletin:

    Fr. Gary's Cell Phone: 218-329-8182

    Fr. Gary's E-mail: glamoine@bvillemn.net

    Posted by: phil | Nov 15, 2012 10:43:59 PM

  8. From the parish bulletin:

    "Congratulations to those who completed their celebration of the Sacrament of Initiation with
    Bishop Hoeppner confirming them this Sunday, November 11, 2012.... Please join us in the Hall for a light reception held in honor of the newly confirmed. Everyone is welcome to attend!"

    Everyone, that is, except for Lennon and his whole family.

    Posted by: phil | Nov 15, 2012 10:48:12 PM

  9. Okay my first impession, the church is called "Assumption". What are they trying to assume that people should just be sheep and follow the flock without question? A whole family being denied for the son's opinions should open the eyes to the fact that should not be the church for them. Religion should not be used for hatred.

    Posted by: Walter Fletcher | Nov 16, 2012 8:48:28 AM

  10. @DannyEastVillage: There have been plenty of other examples of this on TR, including a bishop who tells a mother to disown her son before she has the proper belief to return to communion.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 16, 2012 12:56:08 PM

  11. A really cogent example of why all the faith based charity legislation should be repealed and the "wall" between church and state reinforced.

    Posted by: Scott | Nov 16, 2012 7:33:15 PM

  12. Considering that no written evidence of anything that Jesus might have said, or did, that dates during the period that he supposedly lived, or reasonably thereafter, by someone who might have heard him and remembered it verbatem has been found, WHY are there so many people ready and willing to let "THE VATICAN" tell them how to live their lives and what they are to believe? As has been said - "Tis a puzzelment".

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Nov 16, 2012 10:07:19 PM

  13. Abolish religion. Do it now.

    Posted by: Anita Morehead | Nov 17, 2012 2:01:32 AM

  14. Congrats to the 17 year old kid - who is wiser in his heart than a stupid 60 year old "adult child" who lives without love himself. I'm not an atheist but evil priests like this do nothing but promote pain and misery. The only form of sex that is truly unnatural is the abstinence practiced by these coward eunuchs.

    Posted by: johnzo | Nov 25, 2012 11:09:31 AM

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