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Dutch parish withholds Communion to avoid gay disruption

March 01, 2010

A Dutch Catholic priest chose not to distribute Communion to the congregation, apparently fearing desecration, as hundreds of homosexual activists crowded into a parish church in Den Bosch. The demonstrators were protesting the church's decision to deny Communion to a prominent local homosexual.


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  • Posted by: raymondfrice9926 - Mar. 02, 2010 12:39 PM ET USA

    The liturgy is not the time or place for protest movements!! Would they have picketed the Last Supper?? Shame on them!!

  • Posted by: William F. Folger - Mar. 02, 2010 11:56 AM ET USA

    “The man at the centre of the row” exhibits Pelosi-like “knowledge” of Catholicism. BUT, he should know that only mortal sin keeps one from communion. Individuals not advertising that sin-level are responsible before God, not the priest. If, however, you advertise that sin-level as many gays do, then you assault the Eucharist and give scandal. In the U.S. the free-exercise of religion clause can stop such assaults as explained:

  • Posted by: niall - Mar. 01, 2010 7:03 PM ET USA

    One must wonder,if such people are so offended by the position of the Church,what does the Church or Catholicism mean to them?Certainly,judging by their homosexual behaviour,it can't be said that they see the Church as a moral guide.They believe that it's the Church that's cutting them out,but they fail to realise that by their OWN actions they have separated themselves from the Church.Anyway,why would one be a member of a "club" if they aren't prepared to at least try to abide by its rules?!