Church denies confirmation to pro-gay Barnesville, Minn., teen

  • Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 16, 2012 - 5:20 AM

He posted photo on Facebook rejecting marriage amendment.

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wisebookNov. 16, 12 5:53 AM

It occurs to me that there is something wrong with an organization that moves abusive employees from parish to parish but then slams the door in the face of a young person who chooses to live out the message of love. Hmmm.

dagMNNov. 16, 12 6:06 AM

And yet the Catholic church continues to close it's ranks and protect the pedophile priests...

gousetNov. 16, 12 6:12 AM

This seems to be a pretty one sided story. I guess the role of Rose is to stir up emotions. I'd be interested in putting more thought into this once real reporting has been completed (that includes more detail).

georifaNov. 16, 12 6:23 AM

Over the past fifty years, the catholic church has managed to become irrelevant in Western Europe, where it had been a dominant political and social force for hundreds of years. Over the next fifty years, the catholic church will manage to become irrelevant in the United States. (Or probably sooner than that.) The church will continue to prosper for some time in developing countries -- but the developed world will finally have come to grasp with reality.

parker0910Nov. 16, 12 6:23 AM

Actions have consequences, welcome to the real world kid.

localguyNov. 16, 12 6:28 AM

Apparently, the Catholic Church believes in the First Amendment as it applies to freedom of religion, but not as it applies to freedom of speech. It's ironic that both rights are articulated in the same amendment, but the Church has chosen to adhere to only one of them.

dmay88Nov. 16, 12 6:28 AM

It's this kind of "in your face stuff" that is the most objectionable. This agenda will continue to throw one jab after another at the opposition who objects to what they stand for. There can never be healing with division tactics like this.

heretical1Nov. 16, 12 6:28 AM

Not sure why this is a story. Churches and any religious organizations tend to be discriminatory by nature. People who don't believe the same things tend to not associate together for religious purposes. The Catholic church has already made public statements condemning gay marriage, so all they're doing by refusing a religious rite to someone in support of something they oppose is being consistent in their beliefs. It's perfectly within their rights and it isn't breaking any laws, so why is this an issue?

DLBabatzNov. 16, 12 6:28 AM

Does this make sense? The young man publicly declares his opposition to a tenet of the Catholic Church, then is surprised when his local parish priest says he is not ready to receive "Confirmation" where one makes his public declaration that he has decided to follow the faith and doctrines of the Church?

eddiegNov. 16, 12 6:28 AM

As if we needed more proof that the catholic church is a taxable, political entity and not a promoter of Jesus' teachings.


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