Thursday, July 15, 2010

Catholic Church Set To Begin Canonical Procedures To Remove Argentine Priest for Supporting Marriage Equality

Catholic Church Set To Begin Canonical Procedures To Remove Argentine Priest for Supporting Marriage Equality

07/14/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire lezgetreal
How fast does it take to fire a pedophile priest? Some of those defrockings are still pending after more than a decade. How fast does it take to fire a same-sex marriage advocating priest? One week.

Argentine priest Father Jose Nicolas Alessio made a statement in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage, something that one Argentine bishop has labeled the work of the devil, and he has refused to retract his statement. Procedures to expell Father Alessio, the former pastor of St. Cajetan’s in the city of Cordoba, began shortly after he made statements in support of same-sex marriage. After Father Alessio made several statements in support of marriage equality, “the archbishop has prohibited him from the public exercising of the priestly ministry, which means he cannot celebrate Mass or administer the sacraments of the Church publicly, and therefore, cannot continue as pastor.”

Archbishop Nanez “exhausted all possible pastoral means to get Father Jose Nicolas Alessio to amend his ways and retract his statements” and that Father Alessio has “denied every opportunity to modify his actions, I have decided to initiate canonical proceedings under the inter-diocesan Tribunal of Cordoba so that all action will take place according to current ecclesial law.”

The Catholic Church has taken years to expel priests who have molested children, even supporting them when they have admitted their crimes. They have supported priests and bishops who have expressed antisemitic views, and done nothing to publicly admonish or push them. However, if you support marriage equality, be prepared to face the wrath of Father Church.

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