(New York) Tim Ardillo, an avowed aberrosexual "married" to another man, is claiming that he was denied Communion at the funeral of his dead mother on July 10 in St. Helena's Church in the Diocese of Amite Baton Rouge (Louisiana). Ardillo wanted to receive the Body of Christ in Communion, however, he was denied by Pastor Mark Beard.
Them magazine The Advocate stated that the Diocese of Baton Rouge has since apologized to Ardillo for the incident, personally from the archbishop of New Orleans himself, Msgr. Gregory Aymond.
According to Ardillo, pastor Beard had justified his refusal with it because he was "not married in church." The presumed reason, according to the aberrosexual, was that he had previously said in the obituary for his mother he was described as being "married" to a man.
The Secretariat of Archbishop Aymond declined to comment. The apology was neither confirmed nor denied. No one from the parish wanted to take a position.
"Those who receive Holy Communion unworthily, commits a grave sin"
"The status of gays and lesbians in the Catholic Church is complicated because the Church rejects same-sex marriage, but respect for LGBT people is recommended," says the magazine The Advocate .
According to the American Bishops' Conference , according to The Advocate, a "homosexual tendency" in itself is no sin, but a "homosexual act" is "always objectively sinful". People with a "homosexual inclination" should therefore not be encouraged, says the Bishops' Conference, to talk openly about their passion, but seek help and confide in a spiritual support. At the same time "any unjust discrimination against any person" should be rejected, which also applies to persons with a "homosexual inclination".
Whoever receives Communion without authorization, "is committing a grave sin," says the paper quoted the Bishops' Conference.
Diocese will not tolerate denial of Communion, "just because someone is gay"
What this meant in practice, at least in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, said the diocesan press officer, Donna Carville, a communion assistant (Eucharistic Minister): The diocese will not tolerate refusal of Communion to Catholics, "just because they are gay."
It was "very surprising that Communion was denied. This does not work ... We do not have people refuse communion. Who are we to judge whether they believe [the Church's teaching on Communion] or not? This is a matter between them and God," said Donna Carville.
It should not be used to deny the Eucharist, because someone is not married in Church, seconded the canon lawyer, Roger Keeler, coordinator of the Canon Law Society of America, and a priest of the Archdiocese of Edmonton in Alberta State (Canada). "The Communion is not a weapon. It is not a reward for good behavior. It is food for tired souls," said Keeler. The priest could not know the marital status of those who come forward for Communion.
"How should I know if someone is not in a state of grace?"
As an example, Keeler explained, he could have read somewhere that a woman has embezzled millions. But they could have previously atoned for everything: "How should I know if she is not in a state of grace," said Keeler. The difference is certainly significant because Ardillo himself announced on the spot and publicly, that he lives in a "gay marriage".
Ardillo told the newspaper he would not go to Communion if the matter had been broached before the funeral mass for his mother. His mother is with the Holy Spirit, and he did want to connect through the communion with her.
After the incident, he took the hand of his "husband" and ran out of the church. A lesbian had then brought him back, mainly because he was the next of kin.
Ardillo lives in Indiana, as a boy he was an altar boy. He still believes in the Catholic faith, but was not sure of his "place" in the Church. He prayed with his mother's rosary when they saw each other the last time.
But why did the Diocese of Baton Rouge and the archbishop of New Orleans apologize for the denial of Communion?
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: The Advocate (Screenshot)
Image: The Advocate (Screenshot)
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