Skip to comments.Gay marriage: MP told he has "excommunicated" himself by voting for same sex weddings
Posted on 03/28/2014 3:12:21 AM PDT by markomalley
One of Britains most senior Roman Catholic MPs says he feels unable to take Holy Communion in his local church after his bishop suggested that politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied the sacrament.
Conor Burns, who co-chairs a parliamentary committee on Vatican relations, said the remarks by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Philip Egan, whose diocese includes his Bournemouth West constituency, were a tragedy.
Mr Burns, who is gay, said the bishops remarks effectively called into question whether he would be able to practise his faith fully in his local diocese. He said that since the bishops comments he had attended church but not taken Communion.
The MP, who has spoken about having agonised over his vote on the issue, disclosed that he had also received hurtful messages from other Catholics saying that he had effectively excommunicated himself by voting for gay marriage.
The controversy erupted last week after a the publication of an interview Bishop Egan gave to LifeSiteNews, a pro-life website, in which he said he was not in favour of Catholic MPs who broke with the Churchs line receiving mass.
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Hint: If you're gay and voting to pretend that gay "marriage" has anything to do with real marriage, then you're already not practicing the Catholic faith fully.
The Bishop is exactly right....he’s excommunicated himself, and if he goes up for Holy Communion, he’s committing MORTAL SIN!!
Most sickening to me is that Conor Burns isn’t merely British, he’s Irish, formerly the nationality of practicing, devout Roman Catholics, the nationality persecuted by the British for its unwavering loyalty to the Church of Rome. Ireland, I hardly know ye.
The arrogance of our politicians would prevent them from doing so.
The purpose of ex-communication is to show the way back to the Church. Tragic that it is, Conor Burns’ compliant attitude about this means that not all is lost with him. May his agony turn into remorse.
What's the difference, he's already committed mortal sin by voting for queer marriages...
...unwavering loyalty to the Church of Rome.
Yeah, there is not much of that in Ireland these days. Sad.
Well, at least he is refraining from taking Communion. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is working in him and will show him the way to turn from his support of a sinful lifestyle.
How can an unrepentant practicing queer "practise his faith fully" ? Whether the bishop gives him communion or not seems obviated - in fact Mr. Burns'd be committing another sin by taking communion.
He seems to imply that his faith IS "gayness."
A "practicing gay Catholic" who's practicing gay, not practicing Catholic.
It's not a mortal sin because it's against canon law. It's against canon law because it's a mortal sin.
However, it should not be only a matter of his "refraining" (as if, voluntarily) from presenting himself for Holy Communion. Every bishop, priest, deacon or lay person distributing Holy Communion should be told in very clear terms that they are forbidden to offer him Communion. Canon 915.