Detroit Catholic leaders say gay marriage supporters should resist Communion

Archbishop Allen Vigneron

Archbishop Allen Vigneron

DETROIT — The Catholic Archbishop of Detroit says that that Catholics who receive Communion while advocating in favor of same-sex marriage is an act of “perjury,” while a local theology professor advised that those who “promote” gay marriage should not try to receive holy Communion.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron

Vigneron told the Detroit Free Press that Catholics who support marriage equality for gay couples “bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury.”

Edward Peters, who teaches Catholic canon law at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and acts as a legal adviser to the Vatican, wrote on his blog last week that, “Catholics who promote same-sex marriage act contrary to Catholic law.”

“They should not approach for holy Communion” — one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church — Peters said.

Vigneron added, “For a Catholic to receive holy Communion and still deny the revelation Christ entrusted to the church is to try to say two contradictory things at once: ‘I believe the church offers the saving truth of Jesus, and I reject what the church teaches.'”

“In effect, they would contradict themselves,” he said, saying the Church wants to help its members “avoid this personal disaster.”

This is not the first time Peters has suggested withholding Communion for supporting same-sex marriage.

In 2011, he blasted New York’s Catholic governor, Andrew Cuomo, as a “danger” to faithful Catholics who should be denied Communion for his “brazen” violation of Catholicism — Cuomo signed New York’s marriage equality bill into law.

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