Connecticut Archdiocese disciplines Priest Over Gay Wedding…

Henry Mansell

The Catholic archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., has formally rebuked a priest who assisted in his cousin’s same-sex wedding.

The Reverend Michael DeVito participated in his his cousin Richard Termine married his partner Roger Danforth on a yacht on the East River in New York City August 17.  He only did a reading and did not officiate the ceremony. When his involvement was noted in a New York Times wedding announcement, all hellz broke loose and some catholic bloggers went crazy in protest. DeVito is pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Suffield, Conn.

Hartford archbishop Henry Mansell met with DeVito regarding the ceremony, according to an archdiocesan statement posted by the blog Catholic in Brooklyn. The statement reads in part:

“According to Father DeVito, his participation in the ceremony was limited to doing a reading. He wore no vestments, but had worn his Roman collar. Archbishop Mansell informed Father DeVito that his participation in this ceremony was understandably perceived by many Catholics as an implicit endorsement of same-sex marriage, which is contrary to Church teaching. As a consequence, and in accordance with canon law, the Archbishop formally rebuked Father DeVito and informed him that the rebuke would be a permanent part of his record. Fr. DeVito said that he would not participate in any way in same-sex marriages in the future.”

What scumbags. The catholic church does not have not  have one ounce of the  meaning of family nor do they know the firs thing about God. 

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