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Catholic teen denied Confirmation over pro-gay marriage Facebook post

Saturday, November 17, 2012

BARNESVILLE, Minn. — A Catholic priest in Minnesota has denied Confirmation to a 17-year-old student after seeing a picture on his Facebook page last month which the teen in which he expressed opposition to the state’s failed anti-gay marriage amendment.

Lennon Cihak was pictured in front an altered campaign sign which original read “Vote Yes” on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment — which would have changed the state’s constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Lennon had scribbled out the “yes” and replaced it with “NO!”

Lennon Cihak

Lennon’s monther, Shana Cihak, said she was called by Rev. Gary LaMoine of the Assumption Church soon after the photo was discovered, and was told her son would not be allowed to complete his Confirmation.

Shana Cihak said Lennon has gone to church every week and volunteered around the community in preparation for his Confirmation this year.

“You kind of know the Catholic beliefs, but I never thought they would deny somebody Confirmation because you weren’t 100 percent. I guess that’s what shocks me,” she said.

Since the family has gone public with their story, the church has prohibited the family from participating in Communion, said Doug Cihak, Lennon’s father.

Doug Cihak said he’s worried as to how far the sanctions will go, expressing concern about being able to be buried alongside his parents.

In a letter to parishoners made public on Friday, LaMoine apologized in the letter for the actions of the Cihak family in discussing the story with the media.

“I apologize to the parish for the actions of this family,” LaMoine wrote. “I have personally spent much time talking to them face to face about their unwillingness to accept the teaching of the Church on marriage but to no avail.”

Shana Cihak said that Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Diocese of Crookston told her that if her son went before the church and retracted his support for marriage equality, then he could be confirmed.

Confirmation is one of the seven Catholic sacraments, and is regarded as the perfection of Baptism.

An “I support Lennon Cihak” Facebook group is here.

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60 more reader comments:

  1. WTF, this is so ridiculous ! My god loves everyone

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:53pm
  2. No priest has the right to deny the sacraments

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:53pm
  3. that kid is awesome. that priest, not so much.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:54pm
  4. Christians R Nazi’s… you can say what U want but they have lsot their fucking minds and r abusing their own religion

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:54pm
  5. Hmmm, priests committing pedophilia, and they’re worried about gays????

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:55pm
  6. good way to ensure the young man looks elsewhere

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:55pm
  7. Minnesota is still a Sucky ass state -__-

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:55pm
  8. Unbelievable…no…believable just plain wrong!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:56pm
  9. This is why I consider myself a recovering Catholic.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:57pm
  10. I am a Christian and very proud of that. I am not a Nazi and i am highly offended by your comment.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:58pm
  11. I was confirmed..shes…not missing much.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:58pm
  12. Good for him. Fuck those homophobic guys!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:58pm
  13. This is one of the reasons im no longer religious :/

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:58pm
  14. Yup!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:58pm
  15. Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:59pm
  16. Actually the priest has full discretion to deny the sacraments to anyone!!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:59pm
  17. I am bisexual and my old church let me have my confirmation that’s so wrong that priest is doing a wrong by doing this

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00pm
  18. What a Christian religion is trying to impose it’s agenda on people?? Certainly not the Catholics?! (insert sarcasm) and yes, I was raised in Catholicism…the problem with Catholics, they celebrtate nothing and mourn their faith. If u don’t fall in line…well, see what happens??

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00pm
  19. Priest is dictator of myth enforcement, and primary false shame maker.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:05pm
  20. There are plenty of other Christian congregations who would lovingly accept this fine young man.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:06pm
  21. Don’t back down, stand firm!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:07pm
  22. …sure the church can deny sacraments….however, lets have the govt deny tax exempt status too!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:08pm
  23. I’m Catholic and this upsets me. I’ve been fortunate to encounter some fairly liberal and freethinking priests – including the one who officiated at my wedding and the one who baptized my son (who is now a full-fledged athiest). The local priest who convinced a traditional Catholic family to accept their gay son is one of my heroes.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:08pm
  24. Blah blah blah. God does not exist.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:08pm
  25. Fine no confirmation,no offering!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:12pm
  26. Typical of them to do that. -__-

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:13pm
  27. Change to the Episcopal Catholics. Screw Roman Catholic Churches. Son, No one can Stop you from ever being buried next to your parents should the day ever come to be. The Roman Catholic Church has gone to far out of their boundary’s and should they loose tax exempt status here in the States, they will then learn to shut their mouths.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:14pm
  28. Religion is so unhealthy!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:14pm
  29. Give that Priest a royal kick.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:14pm
  30. But it is okay to administer communion to convicts in prison. As long as they are not pro gay marriage.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:15pm
  31. The RCC is redundant.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:18pm
  32. this is shameful.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:22pm
  33. is not like there’s a god anyway – so is much ado over nothing.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:22pm
  34. D BAG PRIEST prolly has something to hide!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:33pm
  35. Why be upset or offended that the bigoted catholic church rejects a gay youth? Why should anyone be surprised? If you are gay, or pro-equality, the church doesn’t want you. Set yourself free from a backwards belief system controlled by a corrupt hierarchy.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:36pm
  36. *dislike*

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:38pm
  37. Ahhhhhh! The Ecumenical Catholic Communion! What a wonderful way to be Catholic! http://www.ecumenical-catholic-communiom.org

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:53pm
  38. Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:55pm
  39. Sounds like its time for a family in Minnesota to leave that good for nothing outdated bastion of child molesters and enter the 21st century.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:56pm
  40. Just more bigoted church bs. Screw them.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:56pm
  41. and this is exactly why so many people are leaving the Catholic Church. They are heavy handed and throw their wt around. do you think this priest has banned anyone else that has not followed the doctrine to the letter? There are so many independent Catholic Churches now that do not follow the Pope or the ridiculous side of catholicism.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:58pm
  42. Jesus said this : “For there are eunuchs who were born so from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. To him who can comprehend, that is enough.” Matthew 19:12 Lamsa.
    The Aramaic word m’haym-ne (plural) is translated as eunuchs here, but the root meanings of this word in this form are: trusted ones, faithful ones and believers. These “trusted ones” were also servants such as chamberlains. In addition, m’haym-ne meant homosexual males because they were trusted around women that were married or were not of their family. They weren’t a threat in committing adultery with another man’s wife nor in having pre-marital sex with the women in general.

    The born eunuchs in the above verse from Matthew are referring to homosexual males. The second part of the verse says: “and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men;” These are the castrated eunuchs. Also, the eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men were those appointed by the king to be servants in the king’s palace. Some of these were prisoners of war, captives, and exiles (Isaiah 39:7 Lamsa). The third part of this verse should be read as: “and there are believers who made themselves castrated ones (or celibate ones) for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.” The word m’haym-na (singular) means: a homosexual, a castrated male and a believer in the Bible. The last part of the verse is referring to believers that castrated themselves (or perhaps became celibate) for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.

    Throughout the ancient nations that included Egypt, Babylon, Assyria and Persia; homosexuals were exalted to such positions as eunuchs that watched the women of the harem. Because of the mistrust of men, heterosexual or bi-sexual men were castrated; but homosexual males didn’t need to be. Eunuchs also had a recognized place in homosexual prostitution, and youths chosen as catamitic favorites were sometimes castrated.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 3:00pm
  43. The Episcopal Church welcomes you!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 3:05pm
  44. If a petition comes along on this issue, count me in!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 3:08pm
  45. Vindictive Bastards!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:36pm
  46. stupid fuckin catholics

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:50pm
  47. :|

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:58pm
  48. Why was this guy creepin on this child’s facebook……SERIOUSTLY CREEPY!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 5:19pm
  49. Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 5:47pm
  50. That priest has no right to deny this young man the sacrament of Confirmation. He is NOT “the church”!

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 6:35pm
  51. Why are we always so surprised over this type of behavior? Come on ,guys, this shit is what they do! Walk away and let them hate on each other, not on us! If we are excluded from an activity, form our own means for that activity. Every time we let anyone, be it an individual or an organization, kick us in the teeth, and keep going back for more kicks,they have won.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:02pm
  52. Fight to redefine what it means to be christian, said by someone has given up on the entire institution

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8:08pm
  53. they still think they’re the only one in the village who can read.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8:22pm
  54. @Lisa Hurzeler Richardson
    That’s just you playing No True Scottsman instead of the priest playing it.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8:24pm
  55. That is why I won’t enter a church. I don’t trust anybody who preaches religion. They are usually the most judgemental people on this planet.

    Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10:07pm
  56. So he’s not going to be a confirmed bigot. This is GOOD!

    Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 12:44am
  57. Religion is a cancer on society.. It is only there to keep the masses subjugated and controlled, and to secure the wealth into the hands of a very select few… Currently the church being run by an “ex-Nazi” is even more disgusting..

    Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2:35am
  58. otut

    Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 6:31am
  59. The one word that comes to mind (that I can use on the NET) is “DICK”

    Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 9:50am
  60. Another idiot……

    Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 5:05pm