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New Jersey Archbishop Myers: Catholics Who Back Gay ‘Marriage’ Should Not Receive Holy Communion
Life Site News ^ | 9/27/12 | John-Henry Westen

Posted on 10/01/2012 6:45:02 AM PDT by marshmallow

NEWARK, NJ, September 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Tuesday Newark Archbishop John J. Myers released a pastoral letter calling on Catholics, especially Catholic politicians, who do not accept the teaching of the Church on marriage, to “in all honesty and humility refrain from receiving Holy Communion.” The Archbishop said that “to continue to receive Holy Communion while so dissenting would be objectively dishonest.”

The New Jersey prelate made a distinction between those struggling at times unsuccessfully against sin, and those who would willingly oppose Church teaching.

He said: “there is a difference between trying to live the whole Gospel while repenting of failures along the way, and not even trying. Worse still is the attempt by some to alter or pervert the authentic teaching of the Church, which is the true teaching of Christ.”

Archbishop Myers warned, “Jesus had very harsh things to say to those whose false teachings led others, especially the young, astray.”

The 16-page letter is a robust teaching on marriage and family which notes that divorce and contraception have paved the way for confusion in the Church and the world around homosexual ‘marriage’.

(Excerpt) Read more at lifesitenews.com ...


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1 posted on 10/01/2012 6:45:10 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Pelosi will be pissed.


2 posted on 10/01/2012 6:46:10 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: marshmallow

I guess that would knock out a lot of liberal democrats,like Nancy Pelosi.


3 posted on 10/01/2012 6:47:38 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: marshmallow
“Jesus had very harsh things to say to those whose false teachings led others, especially the young, astray.”

Only if you consider as "harsh", being tossed into Gehenna where the fire is never quenched and the worm never dies.......and the Pelosi never shuts up.

4 posted on 10/01/2012 6:58:24 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: marshmallow

I don’t think a priest can give communion without having first taken it himself. Wonder what pro-gay priests are going to do? Probably ignore this.


5 posted on 10/01/2012 6:59:57 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: marshmallow

Same applies to all Christians, of course.


6 posted on 10/01/2012 7:05:18 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: marshmallow

So much for One Universal and Apostolic Church.
Seems like the rules vary for each individual diocese anymore.


7 posted on 10/01/2012 7:13:53 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: PieterCasparzen

>>>Same applies to all Christians, of course.<<<

As an Evangelical, I agree, but I’d go a step farther. Those claiming to be “Christians”, who support same sex “marriage” and/or abortion should, after being given correction and an opportunity to repent, should be disfellowshipped/ex-communicated. No church member should even be allowed to eat with them.

When open sin is allowed to go unchecked in the church it spreads to others and misrepresents Christ and His church to the world. It also allows the “believer” to hold onto the eternally, tragically, false impression that he/she is “saved” and will spend eternity in Heaven, rather than in Hell.

Upon repentance (which is the goal or all church discipline) they would, of course, be joyfully welcomed back.


8 posted on 10/01/2012 7:28:48 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: marshmallow

I guess that excludes all Catholics who vote for Democrats as the line in the sand is drawn very clean now. There is no ambiguity now.


9 posted on 10/01/2012 7:31:32 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: marshmallow

Will this also apply to divorce?


10 posted on 10/01/2012 7:34:08 AM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: FewsOrange

No, just to remarrying afterwards.


11 posted on 10/01/2012 7:50:52 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: FewsOrange
Will this also apply to divorce?

Divorce is clearly commanded against in 1 Cor 7:10. Divorce is sin, unless for adultery as Christ said. However, the scripture never places the same condemnation upon approving divorce as it does with homosexuality. After condemning homosexuality in Romans 1, verse 32 speaks of the righteous judgement of God against those "approve of those who practice them."

12 posted on 10/01/2012 7:56:32 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: marshmallow
**Newark Archbishop John J. Myers**

Another Bishop with a spine! Thank you God!

 


13 posted on 10/01/2012 8:00:44 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

Bingo.


14 posted on 10/01/2012 8:43:21 AM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Respectfully, no. Regarding such as the sanctity of Marriage, or the grave sin inherent in homosexual activity, these are truly universal. All must accept these teachings, or they are not Catholic. If you are perhaps making a reference to a difference in how faithfully these are followed by a particular diocese, that may be the case. But, to paraphrase your comment, no the rules do not vary for each individual diocese in these particular things. May I make a suggestion? If you visit the link to the original article, a pdf of the complete letter is there. It’s very well done, certainly worth your time.


15 posted on 10/01/2012 8:45:27 AM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: marshmallow

This can be spun another way. Should a liberal politician continue to receive Holy Communion, their constituents should be notified that they are being lied to with regard to the politician’s commitment to the cause.


16 posted on 10/01/2012 8:49:37 AM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: marshmallow

Golf clap to the archbishop ...


17 posted on 10/01/2012 10:50:35 AM PDT by dartuser ("If you are ... what you were ... then you're not.")
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To: Ol' Sox

The problem is that Catholics support homosexual marriage by 58%.

Only 33% oppose it.


18 posted on 10/01/2012 1:01:49 PM PDT by ansel12 (exact)
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To: aimhigh
Oh, I don't know. The prophet Malachi says this in the strongest terms a prophet has: Thus saith the LORD!

"I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. "So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith."

And Jesus says to divorce and remarry is to commit adultery. Not supposed to approve of adultery, or so I've heard. Approval is one of the ways you participate in others' sins.

19 posted on 10/01/2012 2:37:54 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: ansel12

Which is why speaking out is so important. Finally. This is the bishop’s job -— every bishop’s job. Every parent’s job. Every Christian’s job.


20 posted on 10/01/2012 2:42:38 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Justice and judgment are the foundation of His throne." Psalm 89:14)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thanks.


21 posted on 10/01/2012 2:48:46 PM PDT by ansel12 (exact)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Not supposed to approve of adultery, or so I've heard. Approval is one of the ways you participate in others' sins.

I don't disagree with you, but you are using logic, while I'm using scripture.

22 posted on 10/01/2012 7:37:26 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: Salvation

I’d be interested to know when this Archbishop actually denies someone the sacrament, or one of his priests does.


23 posted on 10/02/2012 9:37:43 PM PDT by onedoug
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