Sunday, April 7, 2013

Gay Parishioner Banned

The LGBT agenda is once again in the headlines - this time not about so-called "Gay Marriage" court decisions.

There is a big controversy in New York state regarding a lector who was prohibited from serving in the ministry of the Word due to the fact that he is "married" to another male.

As you may know, since 2011, so-called "Gay marriage" has been "legal" in New York.  The process in which this happened is extremely questionable.. but that is another story.

Anyhow, Nicholas Coppola of St. Anthony's parish is shocked that his parish has barred him from serving as a Lector.  A Lector is someone who reads from the lectionary at Mass.  He/she reads the readings except the Gospel which is reserved only for a deacon or priest.  

Coppola, pictured here with his "partner" cannot believe that he was banned.  He claims that parishioners knew of his lifestyle and relationship with another man and even attended the "marriage" ceremony.  However, many complaints were filed and the bishop took action.  Coppola was not "shunned" from the parish.  The Catholic Church does not "shun" anyone.  The Church excommunicates, but due to serious matters.  

I personally am happy that the diocese took this action.  It is scandalous to have a lay person read the Word of God while professing a sinful disordered lifestyle.  Not only is it hypocritical, but it is a mockery of God.  In Genesis 19:13, we read how the sinful acts of homosexuality in Sodom and Gomorrah cried out to the heavens for vengeance.

Homosexuals are always welcomed, but they must understand that their lifestyle is not compatible with God's will.  The Church must be clear on this.  I hope more parishes follow this example and ban anyone serving who is living a contradiction or cognitive dissonance.  

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