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Rhode Island parishioners protest at Mass after homosexual music director's dismissal

September 26, 2016

A small group of parishioners at a parish in Providence, Rhode Island, sang their own song during the recitation of the Nicene Creed to protest the removal of a homosexual music director.

Michael Templeton was removed from his role at St. Mary's Church, a year after he joined his longtime partner in a same-sex marriage.

During the next Sunday Mass, a number of parishioners sang, "All are welcome. All are welcome here," during the recitation of the Nicene Creed. The pastor, Father Francesco Francese, ignored the singing and continued with the Mass.

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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Sep. 28, 2016 3:29 PM ET USA

    This is the inevitable result of decades of ignoring the sin of pride. Ever notice that the only sin most priests talk about currently is being rich, which doesn't even happen to be a sin?

  • Posted by: TreeRing - Sep. 28, 2016 2:54 PM ET USA

    I believe we will see more of this. I also think in such cases a priest ought to at least consider not distributing communion to members of the congregation so as to prevent profanation of the Blessed Sacrament. Obviously when a group of individuals uses the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for a public protest i.e rainbow buttons, singing a secular tune in place of the Creed, there is a clear lack of communion with the mind of the Church.

  • Posted by: lak321 - Sep. 27, 2016 10:55 AM ET USA

    Since those parishioners are now publicly and gravely in mortal sin, will they be denied communiom?

  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Sep. 26, 2016 7:50 PM ET USA

    The pastor cannot just ignore such protest - needs to step in and take control of the parish, possibly re-educating the mislead people ... that's what a Good Shepherd wants us to do: "correct the ignorant".