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Dutch Catholics protest parish compromise with gay activists

March 05, 2010

Dutch Catholics are organizing a petition drive in support of a parish priest who refused to distribute Communion to homosexual activists, and criticizing the bishop who apparently pressured the priest to compromise his position. The petition, organized by the magazine Catholica praises the pastor, Father Luc Buyen, but laments that he "has been attacked by homosexuals and then left in the cold by his own Church." The protest criticizes Bishop Antonius Hurkmans of Den Bosch, who said that everyone should be admitted to Communion, on the assumption that the faithful are responsible for examining their own consciences before doing so. That statement prompted homosexual activists to lift their call for demonstrations at the parish, where scores of protestors-- some wearing fright wigs-- had attended Mass last Sunday, preparing to present themselves for Communion in defiance of the priest's directive.


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  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Mar. 07, 2010 9:23 PM ET USA

    Going to confession first is only a part of repentence. One must truly be sorry for committing the sin. Now, how do you think an active homosexual feels about the sin of sodomy?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 05, 2010 11:47 PM ET USA

    Do you suppose they'll wear their fright wigs to confession?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 05, 2010 6:36 PM ET USA

    This priest isn't the only one that's been undermined by a bishop. It happens all the time. God bless those faithful Dutch Catholics who are taking a stand against this abomination.

  • Posted by: Dalaigh - Mar. 05, 2010 6:14 PM ET USA

    Dutch News reports the bishop said homosexuals could receive Holy Communion if they went to confession first! Thast would appear to be a reasonable condition and not compromising the pastor's position.