As retired Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Thomas Gumbleton prepares for the May 5 Mass celebrating the homosexual advocacy group Dignity, he has publicly contradicted Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s suggestion that those who reject Church teaching refrain from receiving the Holy Eucharist.
“Don’t stop going to communion,” Bishop Gumbleton says in a Fox Detroit news story (see video). “You’re okay.”
“If you look at it from a pastoral point of view where you’re trying to reach out to people, trying to draw them in, then the last thing you want to do is impose a penalty or make them feel like they have to impose a penalty upon themselves,” Bishop Gumbleton reportedly added.
Archbishop Vigneron told the Detroit Free Press that Catholics who publicly advocate for homosexual marriage should not receive the Eucharist.
"For a Catholic to receive holy Communion and still deny the revelation Christ entrusted to the church is to try to say two contradictory things at once: 'I believe the church offers the saving truth of Jesus, and I reject what the church teaches.' In effect, they would contradict themselves. This sort of behavior would result in publicly renouncing one's integrity and logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury."
Unlike the group Courage, which accepts Catholic teaching and is approved by the Catholic Church, DignityUSA rejects the idea that homosexuality is “disordered” and actively affirms and promotes the homosexual lifestyle.
Former Boston Bishop William Murphy forbade diocesan personnel from participating in DignityUSA’s conferences because “they espoused a position contrary to Catholic moral teaching supporting …sexual relations between persons of the same sex….”
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