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By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 04, 2008

A Californian, perhaps unsurprisingly, takes the congregationalist heresy to its logical conclusion.

The Rev. Paul Breton founded St. Aelred's Catholic Church in 1989 -- Breton was ordained in the liberal Orthodox Catholic Church of America -- to minister to gays and lesbians and their family members and friends. In 2004, after health problems made it difficult for him to continue leading the San Bernardino congregation, he shut the church down.

Now Breton, who is gay, usually worships in a chapel that he built in a storage shed behind his San Bernardino mobile home.

"The place where we worship isn't important," Breton said as he stood on the concrete floor before a plain, white-painted wooden box that he had converted into a tabernacle to hold Communion wafers and holy oil for blessings. "It's what we put into it."

If the Reverend Breton were to depart from his Church, how would he know?

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 05, 2008 4:46 AM ET USA

    Thank you for pointing out that distinction, Gil! The difference between thought and feeling seems to be increasingly lost on people, and they are emphatically NOT the same!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2008 7:59 PM ET USA

    At least the article stated the Church's position correctly and positively.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2008 5:35 PM ET USA

    Someone please tell the jouornalistic community that DIgnity is not a gay "Catholic" organization. It has, repeatedly, been noted by the Church to be separate from her. There IS a Catholic apostolate for homosexual people, the Courage Apostolate, which is faithful to Church teachings, and does heroic work to help those who would bring their lives and sexuality under the Lordship of Christ. A pity, but not really strange, that unfaithful Catholics, but not faithful Catholics, get the ink.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2008 4:01 PM ET USA

    Well, it is not every day that one sees the relevant section of the CCC quoted in a secular newspaper. Maybe some of those interviewed will read it.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2008 3:17 PM ET USA

    I got bored and didn't read the link all the way through. But I did notice one phrase repeated a notable number of times in quotes: "I feel." Though it may be there, I didn't notice "I think."