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Catholic parish to host Episcopal Church ordination of gay rights proponent

August 12, 2010

Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, will ordain an Episcopal cleric from New York State as the Episcopal bishop of Alaska on September 4. The ceremony will take place at a Catholic parish in Anchorage.

Until recently, Lattime was a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester’s Committee for Gay and Lesbian Ministry, which “seeks to further the cause of recognition and legitimization of lesbian and gay relationships within the church and in civil society.” Lattime is married and has three children.

“Catholic churches are consecrated or blessed buildings which have an important theological and liturgical significance for the Catholic community,” the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity notes in its 1993 Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism. “They are therefore generally reserved for Catholic worship. However, if priests, ministers or communities not in full communion with the Catholic Church do not have a place or the liturgical objects necessary for celebrating worthily their religious ceremonies, the diocesan Bishop may allow them the use of a church or a Catholic building and also lend them what may be necessary for their services.”

There are four Episcopal Church congregations in Anchorage.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 13, 2010 8:59 AM ET USA

    I hope you did mean to say: Katharine Jefferts Schori the presiding (NON)bishop of the Episcopal Church, will (NOT)ordain an Episcopal cleric...such NONsense occurs in Catholic parishes all the time,no?

  • Posted by: twmireland - Aug. 12, 2010 8:29 PM ET USA

    The Catholics of the Alaskan diocese should not tolerate this unacceptable situation. It is a desecration of a holy place, an affront to God Himself and an insult to the good people of the diocese in general and the church's parishioners in particular. ANY official who would allow this to occur most certainly is not following Catholic teaching or practice. We must pray this decision is reversed. Leaders who would allow this to occur are false role models. This cannot be rationalized!!

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Aug. 12, 2010 7:20 PM ET USA

    What mean "Catholic", Kimo Sabe?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 12, 2010 1:56 PM ET USA

    Is this a surprise? The diocese of Anchorage, you will recall, appointed the notorious radical feminist Maia Nolan to be editor of the diocesan newspaper, the Anchor, a few years back. Ms. Nolan proudly admitted on her blog to fantasizing about kicking conservative male Catholics in the 'gnads', as she called them. The appointment was rescinded only under duress of publicity. Anchor

  • Posted by: - Aug. 12, 2010 10:26 AM ET USA

    This is just so wrong on so many levels.