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Catholics Ordered to Skip Communion if They Back Gay Marriage

Edward Peters, a Detroit professor and legal adviser to the Vatican, and the archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron (pictured), are telling Catholics who support same-sex marriage that they are not welcome to take communion, the Detroit Free Press reports:

VigneronIn a post on his blog last week, Peters said that Catholic teachings make it clear that marriage is between one man and one woman. And so, "Catholics who promote 'same-sex marriage' act contrary to" Catholic law "and should not approach for holy Communion," he wrote. "They also risk having holy Communion withheld from them ... being rebuked and/or being sanctioned."

Peters didn't specify a Catholic politician or public figure in his post. But he told the Free Press that a person's "public efforts to change society's definition of marriage ... amount to committing objectively wrong actions."

Archbishop Vigneron agrees:

And the archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron, said Sunday that Catholics who receive Communion while advocating gay marriage would "logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury."

UPDATE: Jeremy Hooper notes that Ed Peters is the father of Thomas Peters, Communications Director for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

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  1. Less communion = more wine to give to the kiddies before they diddle them.

    Posted by: Craven | Apr 8, 2013 10:34:32 AM

  2. Seems I made the correct decision in estranging myself from The Church many years ago.

    Posted by: Drummond | Apr 8, 2013 10:34:44 AM

  3. It appears the Catholic Church continues to promote Christ's teachings by withholding communion from SSM supporters - NOT! I understand this church practices an ancient religion but does it have to continually dwell in ancient times? Oh, well, I lost all trust in organized religions decades ago.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Apr 8, 2013 10:34:57 AM

  4. You do realize that this is Thomas Peters' dad (of NOM fame)

    Posted by: Scott Hutcheson | Apr 8, 2013 10:36:44 AM

  5. The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

    Posted by: chaszle | Apr 8, 2013 10:37:31 AM

  6. Loons. Do they deny divorced people communion?

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 8, 2013 10:37:32 AM

  7. And that's what the vocabulary of abuse sounds like kids.

    Posted by: Oxnard Rick | Apr 8, 2013 10:37:53 AM

  8. Girl Scout cookies are much better anyway.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Apr 8, 2013 10:38:52 AM

  9. Logically then, this would extend to any Catholic who has or is currently committing adultery, having pre-marital sex, masturbates, or using any form of birth control in the marital bed (other than the Catholic approved, but rarely successful, Rhythm method)

    Posted by: Brian G | Apr 8, 2013 10:38:54 AM

  10. But pedophiles, please move to the front of the line.

    Posted by: lakewoodhobo | Apr 8, 2013 10:38:54 AM

  11. Keep on shooting yourselves in the foot you dumb twits. As if you can afford turning people away!

    No group of people had ever shown more blatant lack of compassion than those Christians. Better rename your organization something more appropriately reflective of its new leaders.

    Posted by: Maguitac | Apr 8, 2013 10:39:18 AM

  12. And foolishness like this is why I am an Episcopalian.

    Posted by: Guy Johnson | Apr 8, 2013 10:40:08 AM

  13. who the hell is he to dedicate who should take holy communion, it doesn't say that only the holy then thou should be allowed to receive, man these girls in robe piss me off that they hide behind such rules regulations of the bible, they must have skip the chapter where all are welcome in god's house.

    Posted by: albertam | Apr 8, 2013 10:40:49 AM

  14. What about all the Catholics who believe married couples have a right to divorce? Are they also being "ordered" to skip communion? My guess is they aren't. Jesus warned us about the hypocrisy of religious leaders. Hypocrites and a brood of vipers the Lord called them.

    Posted by: Kieran | Apr 8, 2013 10:42:03 AM

  15. Is this subtle political intimidation? If so, the church should remember why they lost all of their British holdings. But at least the pope of the time didn't lose his head.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Apr 8, 2013 10:44:00 AM

  16. "Oh Jesus" , said Jesus as he rolled his eyes.

    Posted by: Jesus | Apr 8, 2013 10:44:48 AM

  17. I wonder what will happen when nobody shows up for Mass one Sunday?

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 8, 2013 10:44:52 AM

  18. So now this Peters person- a lay person is giving out religious edicts? While I left the catholic church 10 years ago- I used to admire that for better or worse- they were only supposed to listen to the BS that came from the very top of the food chain- the pope; not some "advisor". Oh well- I thought maybe when they got rid of the Nazi Pope things would get better. It's clear they'd rather have a smaller and smaller club as each year passes and people evolve.

    Posted by: Frank | Apr 8, 2013 10:45:10 AM

  19. Vigneron and Peters, who is the father of little Tommy Peters btw, are way off on this. Catholic moral theology is clear that one is not sinning by holding a belief that is not in line with church teaching or by voting for a candidate that doesn't vote in accordance with church teaching. Those are not "proximate acts" so the actor is not sinning and is ok to receive communion. The rationale we were given in the seminary--and this was very recently--is that a doctor who performs an abortion is sinning but the receptionist in the next room isn't as her duties are too far removed from the action of the doctor.
    Anyway, that's the current rational as it is taught in catholic moral theology classes to seminarians. Vigneron has probably banned that discussion at sacred heart in detroit.

    Posted by: woody | Apr 8, 2013 10:49:19 AM

  20. Isn't this Tommy Pee-pee's dad?

    Posted by: Pedro Muy Grande | Apr 8, 2013 10:49:59 AM

  21. These people remind me of imams issuing fatwas. Is there any chance every Catholic who supports same-sex marriage will drop out of the church immediately?

    Posted by: John Conolley | Apr 8, 2013 10:50:27 AM

  22. I've already voiced my opposition by simply leaving the Catholic Church. Good luck with your hate-filled message.

    Posted by: Bart | Apr 8, 2013 10:50:39 AM

  23. Ms. Peters you will then need to with hold communion to 59% of your congregants. What a breathtaking dumbass.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 8, 2013 11:00:55 AM

  24. Good. Quite a few influential politicians like the governors of New York, Washington and Maryland are all Catholics. They all promoted SSM. The Church is committing suicide by painting itself into a corner.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 8, 2013 11:02:01 AM

  25. This has always been the position under Canon fact practicing homosexuals are excommunicated ( which is what he is saying ).....that has always been the position.
    Only now they are getting braver and saying it out loud.
    So all you "can't we get along" Mass going Catholics now know where you stand; you are all excommunicated and commit even greater sins if you do take communion in defiance of the Law.
    Let spotted leaves fall as they fall without ceremony or portent.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 8, 2013 11:09:01 AM

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