Skip to comments.Archbishop Rebukes Priest Who Assisted in Same Sex Marriage
Posted on 09/03/2012 7:20:06 AM PDT by marshmallow
A reader forwarded the following statement that was released on Friday, August 24 from the Archdiocese of Hartford in regard to the matter of Father Michael DeVito, a Diocesan priest in the Hartford Archdiocese, who assisted at a same sex marriage ceremony in New York City. I have been reluctant to post it before verifying that this is an official statement from the Archdiocese. I have just received confirmation from Maria Zone, Director of Communications of the Archdiocese of Hartford that this is an official statement.
Here it is:
Statement from the Archdiocese of Hartford regarding Fr. Michael DeVito
August 24, 2012:
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell has met with Father Michael DeVito regarding the priest's participation in a same-sex marriage ceremony involving a cousin in New York City on August 19th.
According to Father DeVito, his participation in the ceremony was limited to doing a reading. He wore no vestments, but had worn his Roman collar.
Archbishop Mansell informed Father DeVito that his participation in this ceremony was understandably perceived by many Catholics as an implicit endorsement of same-sex marriage, which is contrary to Church teaching. As a consequence, and in accordance with canon law, the Archbishop formally rebuked Father DeVito and informed him that the rebuke would be a permanent part of his record.
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Oooohhhh, a “rebuke!” I bet that will sting for all of, oh, 10 seconds.
Doesn’t this qualify as “simulating a sacrament” under canon 1379?
Has anyone considered the that the church hasn’t ruled from the chair on the matter of homosexuality, or ... did I miss that one?
You missed it.
If it feels good, it's OK. The rest is all rationalizations, to include many within the church that are looking hard to explain this dichotomy, grow their flock, or hop on the popular bandwagon of the minute, avoiding scrutiny for holding onto what is doctrinally correct. In face of a society where you're suppose to say abortion is some right, gays should marry and adopt children, euthanasia is ethical, sterilization is somehow compatible with the Bible, that all symbols of God need removed from public space, education or even discourse... It is sad to see how many churches and denominations have essentially caved and are Christian in name and cultural identity only.
I’m pretty certain that in the Orthodox Church, a similar action would call for a defrocking and deprivation of all rights to ever again serve as a priest. Saying “This is going on your permanent record” like in school just doesn’t sound stern enough.
Such moral strength will be respected if applied equally. It is the wishy-washy church that the people have walked away from.
i think some things, are so clear, they don’t need to be “ruled on”. especially things Jesus himself covered.
Jesus himself tested the pharisees...
i think Cardinal Wuerl should be rebuked!
You obviously don’t understand Catholic and Orders hierarchy.
“You obviously dont understand Catholic and Orders hierarchy.”
Be that as it may, I think we’re to the point at which burning at the stake is called for.