Catholic Diocese of Madison, WI Tells Priests Its Okay To Deny LGBT People Funerals

Will Kohler

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  1. As a recovering Catholic of long duration, I take this as just another “formality” so many of which are totally disregarded by local priests (or at least used to be until all the liberal priests left the church). I was very surprised when, at my sister’s funeral, the priest celebrant mentioned her surviving family members by name including me and my husband.

    My second (or perhaps it was my first) thought was, “They gotta be kidding.” Fr. James is concerned about “scandal and confusion (leading others into the occasion of sin or confusing or weakening people regarding the teachings of the Catholic Church in regards to sacred doctrine and the natural law), and thereby the pastoral task is to minimize the risk of scandal and confusion to others”

    Haven’t just about all living Catholics been scandalized and confused by the behavior of pedophile priests?

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