Teen denied Catholic sacrament of confirmation because he supports Same Sex Marriage
Lennon Cihak cannot receive the Catholic sacrament of confirmation because he objected to a Minnesota ballot amendment that would have changed the state's constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman, according to Inforum, a North Dakota news site.
Reverend Gary LaMoine, of the Assumption Church in Barnesville, Minnesota, is refusing to administer the rite to the 17-year-old after finding a Facebook photo of Cihak with a political sign that originally urged people to "Vote Yes" on the amendment but which had been changed to say "No." The sign had been further altered to read "Vote Equal Marriage Rights."
The amendment was defeated in the Nov 6 election.
Cihak's mother, Shana, who says she was confirmed at the same church, was asked to attend a private discussion with the priest, at which she was told her son would not be confirmed, the report says. Cihak notes that other students in his confirmation class "liked" his Facebook posting and are being permitted to be confirmed. His mother objects to her son being singled out and doesn't plan to return to the church.
Her husband, who was baptized at Assumption Church, says the family is not being allowed to receive Communion there and now fears he won't be buried alongside his parents.
Shana also approached a bishop, Michael Hoeppner, to explore other options for her son but was told "not much could be done," Inforum states.
"A St Joseph’s Catholic School teacher in Moorhead was also let go earlier this year after she expressed concern about Hoeppner preaching to children about the marriage amendment," the report says.
For those of us who aren't Catholic, it's still an offense that a youth supporting our civil rights would be held as a symbol of intolerance for this increasingly radical cabal of reactionaries.
Maybe you might want to send a message. I did, and added two of the diocese staff priests. I asked if they would have stood in the doorway to block Edward Kennedy's coffin, too, and reminded them that Pius IX declared slavery as something that wasn't against the church's canon law - in 1866. Some things DO change, the asses.
assump at rrt.net (parish office - of course you can't write the priest directly)
bsullivan at crookston.org (The Very Rev. Michael Hoeppner's secretary - of course you can't write the bishop directly)
Eight U.S. Catholic dioceses have filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying damages for kiddie diddling.
But this kid supporting love is wicked.
Yeah, the Catholics have really have moral high ground.
Disgusting and despicable behavior from a bunch of intolerant and narrow-minded bigots. What a bunch of pricks.
Once again, the Catholic Church is on the wrong side of history.
Pull their tax status. It is the only thing which will work.
The church in MN raised and spent about $1M to support this amendment. Money well spent now that winter is coming up and some people will need assistance with heating and shelter.
It's a battle for the hearts and minds of our youth! What better methods than fear and hatred?
Barnesville is the armpit of Minnesota.
When more hearts and minds and dollars walk out the door like this family did, then and only then will the church do something, but at that point it will be too little too late to staunch the flow.
The church is going about this stupidly. They are slowly but surely alienating affluent Catholics in the first world who contribute. Latin America (which is becoming increasingly Pentacostal or turning to other Christian fundamentalism), Africa and India do not have the populations to keep the church coffers filled.
It may take a hundred years for the church to realize it practically speaking.
[quote]too late to staunch the flow.
Troll got bored posting at Female First. We're stuck with her for now.
So the church that keeps and protects pedophile priests denies confirmation to a kid who, like most of the state and country, supports gay marriage?
Breaking news!!!! Nazi kicked out of the party for loving Jews.
why do these fools give a shit about being "confirmed"?
If this nice family can't see the writing on the wall, and cannot in quick time discover what a toxic sham their church is, they deserve what they get. This is their "teachable moment"! Not being buried near your parents! Big deal, you're already DEAD! People are so frigging pagan it kills me!
The priest was probably trolling FB for some fresh meat.
I was thinking it, R17 posted it. Priests on facebook are up to no good.