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megimoo
02-25-2010, 05:19 PM
– The Dutch priest who refused Communion on February 13th to his town's openly homosexual Carnival “prince” is now facing police complaints from homosexual activists.The complaints follow a protest by homosexualists at the Catholic parish in Reusel on Sunday, which was held in response to the decision of the pastor, Fr. Luc Buyens, to withhold Communion from Gijs Vermeulen, 24, at the town's traditional Carnaival Mass.

Fr. Buyens had alerted Vermeulen in advance, stating that he must refuse him Communion because the young man had made a public display of his active homosexuality leading up to the town's Carnival festivities.Anticipating the protest, the priest decided, in consultation with his bishop in Den Bosch, not to distribute Communion at Mass this past Sunday, stating that he wanted to avoid “sins” and “sacrilege.”

Robert Cooijmans, a homosexual who attends the Roman Catholic parish in Cuijk, lodged his complaint against Fr. Buyens with the police yesterday. He accuses Fr. Buyens of “discrimination,” claiming that his own pastor has never refused him the Eucharist.Another complaint is being filed today against Fr. Buyens and the bishop by homosexual Christian Ouwens, 31, a Catholic theology student. Ouwens claims that in his case the denial of communion was not based on any Church law, as the relevant law, Canon 915, only requires that Communion be refused to those who are in manifest grave sin.

Ouwens contends that, when in doubt, Communion should be given, with the “salvation of the soul of the person being the highest law of the Church.”

But, while both Cooijmans and Ouwens have complained that Fr. Buyens denied them Communion at the Mass on Sunday, the fact is that, in this case, neither they nor anyone else was singled out. Fr. Buyens simply did not distribute Communion to the entire congregation.Ouwens was arrested during the Mass on Sunday by a police officer in civilian clothes when he attempted to approach the microphone in order to address the congregation.
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A large group of homosexual activists, who seem to be led in this initiative by Henk Krol, editor of the homosexualist newspaper Gay Krant, are planning to attend Mass this Sunday at St. John's Cathedral in Den Bosch, where they intend to challenge the bishop. COC Eindhoven, the local affiliate of the homosexual action group COC Nederlands, has called on its members to join the protest at the Cathedral. The vice president for the national COC, Vera Bergkamp, has also stated that she will join the protest.

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/feb/10022405.html

Gingersnap
02-25-2010, 05:54 PM
Ouwens contends that, when in doubt, Communion should be given, with the “salvation of the soul of the person being the highest law of the Church.”

I guess he hasn't taken the theology class that talks about repentance yet. The Host isn't some kind of get-out-of-Hell-free card, it's a sacrament. There are conditions attached to receiving it. The problem isn't who the recipient is sexual with, the problem is illicit sexual conduct which constitutes grave sin.

Receiving communion while in a state of sin doesn't confer any practical or spiritual benefits. On the contrary, this kind of intentional act only makes things much worse.

I'd like to see Ouwens file a lawsuit against a mosque because they wouldn't let him inside while wearing shoes and eating a BLT. Sounds pretty discriminatory to me.

noonwitch
02-26-2010, 11:20 AM
I guess he hasn't taken the theology class that talks about repentance yet. The Host isn't some kind of get-out-of-Hell-free card, it's a sacrament. There are conditions attached to receiving it. The problem isn't who the recipient is sexual with, the problem is illicit sexual conduct which constitutes grave sin.

Receiving communion while in a state of sin doesn't confer any practical or spiritual benefits. On the contrary, this kind of intentional act only makes things much worse.

I'd like to see Ouwens file a lawsuit against a mosque because they wouldn't let him inside while wearing shoes and eating a BLT. Sounds pretty discriminatory to me.




I don't understand why people get so worked up about catholic theology. You don't have to be a catholic. There are plenty of chrisitan denominations that won't refuse him the eucharist.

Of course, hippie new age churches like mine only do communion on Maunday Thursday, and we don't do it with half the style of the Catholics and Angelicans. :)