Posted by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on Friday, October 10, 2014
Pope Francis has repeatedly said he believes in treating gay couples with respect and compassion, but one Catholic bishop apparently thinks otherwise. Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki has issued a decree asking priests to deny gay people several religious offerings like communion.
The decree, which The Washington Post reports isn’t public yet but was sent to staff, tells priests not to give gay couples communion or their last rites until they repent for their relationship. Paprocki has also said that church property can’t be used for same-sex marriages and that no person in a gay relationship can become part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a program that lets adults convert to Catholicism and be baptized.
Paprocki, who is a bishop of the Catholic Diocese in Springfield, IL, isn’t regretful of the decree. “These norms are necessary in light of changes in the law and in our culture regarding these issues,” he said in a statement to The Washington Post.
One reverend, however, denounced Paprocki’s decree in a poignant Facebook post on June 22. Reverend James Martin wrote: “If bishops ban members of same-sex marriages from receiving a Catholic funeral, they also have to be consistent. They must also ban divorced and remarried Catholics who have not received annulments, women who has or man who fathers a child out of wedlock, members of straight couples who are living together before marriage, and anyone using birth control. For those are all against church teaching as well.” You can read his full post, which has more than 17,000 “likes,” 2,000 comments, and 3,00 shares, ahead.
If bishops ban members of same-sex marriages from receiving a Catholic funeral, they also have to be consistent. They…
Posted by Fr. James Martin, SJ on Thursday, June 22, 2017