Two members of the Detroit Catholic Archdiocese said that pro-equality and pro-abortion supporters do not have the right to receive communion. Archbishop Allen Vigneron argued that it “logically brings shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury,” and Vatican Legal Adviser Edward Peters agreed.
“Catholics who promote ‘same-sex marriage’ act contrary to ‘Catholic law’ should not approach for holy communion,” Peters wrote on his blog ‘In Light of the Law’ last week. “They also risk having holy Communion withheld from them … being rebuked and/or being sanctioned.”
As the father of the National Organization for Marriage Communications Director Thomas Peters, Edward Peters teaches Catholic canon law at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary and was appointed by Former Pope Benedict XVI to be a referenda of the Apostolic Sinatura in 2010.
“The archbishop’s focal point here is not ‘gay marriage,’” said Archdiocese Spokesperson Joe Kohn in a press release defending the Archbishop.
“It is a Catholic’s reception of Holy Communion. If a Catholic publicly opposes the church on a serious matter of the church’s teaching, any serious matter — for example, whether it be a rejection of the divinity of Christ, racist beliefs, support for abortion or support for redefining marriage — that would contradict the public affirmation they would make of the church’s beliefs by receiving Communion.”
According to a 2013 national poll from ABC News and the Washington Post, 59 percent of Catholics support marriage equality – a higher number than the overall American population in support of marriage equality at 58 percent.
Kohn continued in the archdiocese’s defense, saying, “As the Archbishop states, the pastors of the church are ready to assist Catholics to help them understand and avoid this conflict.”