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Rainbow sash-wearers prohibited from receiving [the Eucharist at Cathedral of St. Paul]
The Catholic Spirit ^ | May 27, 2009 | The Catholic Spirit

Posted on 05/30/2009 2:03:55 PM PDT by bdeaner

Individuals wearing rainbow-colored sashes at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Pentecost Sunday May 31 will not be allowed to receive Communion, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Statement from the archdiocese

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has released the following statement.

The archdiocese has received word that a group dissenting from the church’s teaching on sexuality will be wearing signs of protest (rainbow sashes) at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Pentecost Sunday during the noon Mass. Those wearing such sashes will not be allowed to receive Holy Communion, since they have publicly broken communion with the teachings of the church.

The Holy Eucharist should never be politicized by protesters in this way. Theirs is a sign of disrespect and irreverence to the body and blood of Jesus.

The sashes are a symbol used by a gay rights activist group, Rainbow Sash Alliance USA, that is “publicly calling the Roman Catholic Church to a conversion of heart around the issues of human sexuality,” according to its Web site.

The archdiocesan statement calls the sashes “signs of protest” from a group “dissenting from the church’s teaching on sexuality.”

“The Holy Eucharist should never be politicized by protesters in this way,” the statement says. “Theirs is a sign of disrespect and irreverence to the body and blood of Jesus.”

The policy not to distribute Communion to sash-wearers at the Cathedral dates back to 2005. In a letter that year to the organizer of Rainbow Sash Alliance USA, now-retired Archbishop Harry Flynn said that “it has become apparent to me that the wearing of the sash is more and more perceived as a protest against church teaching” and that the Vatican considers wearing the rainbow sash during reception of the Eucharist unacceptable.

In the letter, Archbishop Flynn reiterated the policy of the Catholic Church and archdiocese “to be welcoming to baptized Catholics of all backgrounds, including those with same-sex orientation.”

He wrote, “The criterion for reception of the Eucharist is the same for all — recipients must be in a state of grace and free from mortal sin. While the decision for that judgment rests with an individual Catholic’s conscience, it has never been nor is it now acceptable for a communicant to use the reception of Communion as an act of protest.”


TOPICS: Activism; Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholic; gay; homonaziagenda; homosexuality; minneapolis; religiousleft
Nice to see some backbone in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Please consider writing a letter of support, or communicaiton support by phone or email, to Archbishop Nienstedt:

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
226 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-4400
communications@archspm.org

1 posted on 05/30/2009 2:03:55 PM PDT by bdeaner
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To: bdeaner

I hope they have the guts to go through with witholding it.


2 posted on 05/30/2009 2:06:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Could this be the beginning of a “RUFFLE”mation?


3 posted on 05/30/2009 2:14:10 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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To: bdeaner
If you know homosexuality is not consistent with the teachings of Christ, and you want to be homosexual, then why would you ever want to belong to a Christian Church in the first place.

It is like they want access to the brand name “Christian” in order to legitimize their perversion, but first they need to separate the Church from the Bible.

4 posted on 05/30/2009 2:19:33 PM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: bdeaner

Good.


5 posted on 05/30/2009 2:20:30 PM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: bdeaner

Good for the arch-bishop! May this wisdom have many children.


6 posted on 05/30/2009 2:23:18 PM PDT by farmer18th (If you preach "too big to let fail," you're also preaching "too small to let succeed.")
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To: hoosiermama

What’s a “RUFFLE”mation? Obviously an inside joke, but I’m curious... ;)


7 posted on 05/30/2009 2:23:57 PM PDT by bdeaner (The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
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Just a bad one....There always seems to be someone trying to change the church ala the reformation.....The church says NO. They start their own church. And so it goes...generation after generation. Doesn't make it right, but that's how we've gotten so many denominations....

In our town there are three Baptist Churches, two splitting off the first....Two Lutheran (who won’t even give communion to each other....Always a reason to divide, seldom a reason to unite in Christ...

It seems they are always changing to become more secular never the opposite.

8 posted on 05/30/2009 2:34:21 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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To: bdeaner

Good for the church. Good for them. What insanity thinks sodomy is christlike? Things like this are how to tell when the church is on the righteous path.


9 posted on 05/30/2009 2:57:39 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: NavVet

“It is like they want access to the brand name “Christian” in order to legitimize their perversion, but first they need to separate the Church from the Bible.”

VERY well put!


10 posted on 05/30/2009 3:01:20 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: bdeaner

I thought this was great and I hope they hold out and the Archibishop has enough control over his clergy to enforce it.


11 posted on 05/30/2009 3:10:01 PM PDT by livius
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To: DesertRhino

People always want approval when they know they’re doing something wrong.


12 posted on 05/30/2009 3:10:41 PM PDT by livius
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To: hoosiermama
Just a bad one....There always seems to be someone trying to change the church ala the reformation.....The church says NO. They start their own church. And so it goes...generation after generation. Doesn't make it right, but that's how we've gotten so many denominations....

In our town there are three Baptist Churches, two splitting off the first....Two Lutheran (who won’t even give communion to each other....Always a reason to divide, seldom a reason to unite in Christ...

It seems they are always changing to become more secular never the opposite.

Wow, you really know a lot about the activities, and especially their motivations, of the churches in your town. I'm really impressed with your knowledge. You must spend a lot of time attending Baptist and Lutheran churches to know so much about them.

And they ALL are taking their actions because they want to become more secular? Just Wow. What a bunch they are, not like you, for sure.

Do you think they will ever listen to you? If only they would, if only they would, eh?

13 posted on 05/30/2009 3:30:54 PM PDT by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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To: bdeaner

Please, PLEASE, PLEASE! go through with this. Show these pervert goons that there is at least ONE institution with the guts to stand on principle.


14 posted on 05/30/2009 4:09:25 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: hoosiermama

That is how its been going for about 500 years. Pickin up steam along the way.


15 posted on 05/30/2009 4:14:10 PM PDT by lucias_clay (Its times like this I'm glad I'm a whig.)
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To: NavVet

‘If you know homosexuality is not consistent with the teachings of Christ, and you want to be homosexual, then why would you ever want to belong to a Christian Church in the first place.
It is like they want access to the brand name “Christian” in order to legitimize their perversion, but first they need to separate the Church from the Bible.’

Exactly. That is exactly it. The anti-Bible and anti-Christian left know if they take over Christian institutions they can con enough of the undiscerning and unlearned into accepting that their Marxist, unbiblical ideas are in fact Christian.

As a Christian myself, I have far more respect for atheists/secularists who are intellectually honest enough with the Bible to admit that Christ Himself defines marriage as between one man and one woman in Matthew 19:4-6 and that all sexual behavior outside that relationship is sinful yet they disagree with Him and His word than I do for so-called “Christians” who lie and say Christ and the Bible teaches otherwise.


16 posted on 05/30/2009 4:41:11 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: livius

“People always want approval when they know they’re doing something wrong.”

Not just want it. They demand it. I once worked at job where one of the managers was a lesbian whose “partner” conceived a turkey baster child and there was all kinds of pressure on us to attend a baby shower honoring the event. I didn’t attend but it annoyed me so much. I was at this place for a job and a paycheck, not to make this woman feel good about herself and her actions/decisions in her personal/outside-of-work life. It was not in my job description when I applied for the job and I found it a very inconsiderate intrusion on her fellow employees.


17 posted on 05/30/2009 4:49:01 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: NavVet
If you know homosexuality is not consistent with the teachings of Christ, and you want to be homosexual, then why would you ever want to belong to a Christian Church in the first place.

The motivation is hostile to the church, and the intention is destructive. They don't want to "belong" to the Catholic Church, they want to pervert it.

This is another illustration of the hostility that drives homosexuality in general and evidence of the psychopathology that characterizes the disorder.

18 posted on 05/30/2009 5:00:01 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ReformationFan
I was at this place for a job and a paycheck, not to make this woman feel good about herself and her actions/decisions in her personal/outside-of-work life.

Very good way of putting it. That's something that annoys me intensely about this mentality. There's a lot of pressure on "innocent bystanders" - that is, people who simply happen to be co-workers or neighbors - to get out there and "affirm" people in these special categories.

19 posted on 05/30/2009 5:41:10 PM PDT by livius
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To: ReformationFan
They have already taken over the Catholic Universities. Read more here.
20 posted on 05/30/2009 5:46:34 PM PDT by bdeaner (The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
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To: hinckley buzzard
The motivation is hostile to the church, and the intention is destructive. They don't want to "belong" to the Catholic Church, they want to pervert it.

Bingo. Satan is very clever. If possible, he will perform an inside job.
21 posted on 05/30/2009 5:48:25 PM PDT by bdeaner (The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
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To: Secret Agent Man

I hope the lay Eucharistic Ministers are all trained on this - that’s a difficult situation to put a layman in.


22 posted on 05/30/2009 7:28:22 PM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: bdeaner

May the Lord arise, and his enemies be scattered...


23 posted on 05/30/2009 7:31:35 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://www.foundersvalues.com/)
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To: ReformationFan
“People always want approval when they know they’re doing something wrong.”

As if that will make what is wrong, right. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil....

24 posted on 05/30/2009 7:40:38 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://www.foundersvalues.com/)
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To: bdeaner

Good show!


25 posted on 05/30/2009 9:37:04 PM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: bdeaner
Here they are... I did a search - nothing on this issue yet.
26 posted on 05/31/2009 8:09:07 AM PDT by bronxville (b)
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