Gays Denied Communion: Then Turn Away All Sinners
Wig-wearing activists storm out of Dutch church
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2010 9:12 AM CST
The Sint-Jan church in Den Bosch, Netherlands, the site of yesterday's protest.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Hundreds of Dutch gay rights activists dressed in pink wigs stormed out of Mass yesterday in protest of a local Catholic priest's refusal to give communion to a gay man. The dispute began last month when the man, crowned Carnival prince in a nearby town, was denied communion because he is openly gay. The man protested that he wants equal treatment: If he's refused communion because the church sees homosexuality as a sin, it should deny communion to all sinners.

Support for gay rights runs strong in the Netherlands, which in 2001 became the first country to legalize gay marriage, and many in the local community were outraged at the church's behavior. The church in the town of Den Bosch was expecting yesterday's protest and so didn't offer communion at all; the protesters then left the church shouting and singing.

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BlahBlahBlah
Mar 2, 2010 6:36 PM CST
I find it funny that you chose the name "doingtherightthing"; I find it funny because I am not sure if you have the slightest idea or what the right thing is. If you want to proselytize then go to church. If you want to preach, find a willing audience. The rest of us who choose to favor logic over religious fervor will go on living in reality. It is truly sad that in these times someone can be as stupid and narrow minded as you have proven yourself to be. You can repent all you want, you can call on god to fix the evils of the world, that does not ensue you an ever after and god couldn’t fix a broken pencil.
David636
Mar 2, 2010 2:17 PM CST
There is an untold story here. In the 1930's the Communists - or Leninists if you prefer, encouraged homosexual men to enter the priesthood. After all, what a great place to hide. They knew full well that they would eventually end up in positions of leadership and encourage even more homosexuals to enter the priesthood. This, they hoped, would be the death knell for the church. Instead of being kicked out, they often got "kicked upstairs" where they eventually caused even more problems. Decades later, we all see the end result. Every church needs faithful teachers of God's word. Unfaithful teachers, problem clergy all need to be removed so that the faithful are protected and not damaged. Unfortunately, I have talked with former priest candidates who left seminary because they thought or knew that everyone around them was homosexual, and in some cases were told they had to follow the party line. The upper classmen would come to the dorms of the younger candidates at night and call out to them to come out for sex. The faithful men quit, while the rest continued on.
doingtherightthing
Mar 2, 2010 3:01 AM CST
"once again"......... practicing Christians know God's law Lev 18:22. There is no partiality in God's commands. The priest chooses not to test God's law. It is written in the word what God thinks of homosexuality. You cannot have it both ways. Blessed are those who do His commandments says Christ. The choice is yours to make. The priest decided to take the high road "blessings". The gays are on the low road "cursing's". To document again in God's word go to Rom 1:27........You practice a lie you'll die a liar!