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Communion Denied for Catholic Gays – Dutch Protest

Posted by dorian on March 1, 2010

BBC NEWS Sunday, 28 February 2010

Netherlands gay protest over Catholic communion snub

Gay activists in church protest 28 February 2010

Hundreds of gay protesters descended on Sunday Mass in Sint-Jan church

Hundreds of Dutch activists have walked out of a Mass in protest at a Roman Catholic policy of denying communion to practising homosexuals.

On this occasion, the church, in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, had already decided not to serve communion, so the protesters left, shouting and singing.

The dispute began earlier this month when a priest in a nearby town refused communion to an openly gay man.

The Netherlands was the first country to introduce gay marriage in 2001.

Most Dutch people support gay rights, but the Roman Catholic Church teaches that homosexual activity is sinful.

This dispute began during Dutch carnival celebrations earlier in February, when the man chosen to be carnival prince in nearby Reusel was refused communion because of his open homosexuality.

The refusal offended many in the local community.

The Sint-Jan church in the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, also known as Den Bosch, was prepared for the protest and so decided not to give out Holy Communion during Sunday Mass.

Several hundred demonstrators, dressed in pink wigs and clothes, left the church in protest.

The man at the centre of the row has said he just wants equal treatment – if he is regarded as a sinner, he wants the priest to refuse communion to all other sinners too.


2 Responses to “Communion Denied for Catholic Gays – Dutch Protest”

  1. Enkill_Eridos said

    This is funny..Christians like to take the Jesus made us exempt from the Torah. But when it benefits them they use examples from the Torah and Tanaka (The Old Testament.) Even though communion is symbolic of his body and blood given to save us from our sins. The whole act is symbolic of you acknowledging that as fact. I mean the Churches cannot say who is allowed to believe and who is not. If they do, it only proves the corruption of the Organized Christian Religion.


  2. the gays should beat the christians asses.


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