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Mexican archbishop defends show of LGBT flags at church funeral

November 20, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Archbishop Gustavo Rodriguez Vega, the vice-president of the Mexican episcopal conference, has brushed aside criticism of the display of LGBT flags on the coffins of a homosexual activist and his partner at their funeral.

“There is no problem,” the archbishop said of the flags; “there was no intention to offend.”

The funeral for Ociel Baena and his partner was held in the cathedral of the Aguascallientes diocese. The two were found dead in Baena’s home a day earlier, with local officials saying that there was strong evidence of a violent quarrel.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Nov. 21, 2023 3:01 AM ET USA

    Whether there was "intention to offend" or not, a Catholic archbishop should know that this would be offensive to the faithful under his care - and whatever happened to being "pastoral"? Canon 1184. ยง1 says, "Church funeral rites are to be denied to the following, unless they gave some signs of repentance before death: (...) manifest sinners to whom a Church funeral could not be granted without public scandal to the faithful." A homosexual flag on the coffin is not a sign of repentance.