If Only the Catholic Church Would Reject All the Kids Who Supported Gay Marriage… November 16, 2012

If Only the Catholic Church Would Reject All the Kids Who Supported Gay Marriage…

I don’t understand why a reasonable person would want to be confirmed in the Catholic Church. I don’t know why you’d want to be part of a club that doesn’t think gay people deserve equal rights, or that women have no business being part of Church leadership, or that eating Jesus makes perfect sense.

But some people go through the motions, anyway. They do the mental gymnastics and figure they can accept the good parts of the Church and just ignore the bad. Cafeteria Catholics are still Catholics, right?

Rev. Gary LaMoine doesn’t think so and he’s rightfully putting a stop to it. LaMoine was checking up on 17-year-old Lennon Cihak on Facebook — because that’s perfectly normal behavior for a Church official… — and saw this picture:

Lennon Cihak shows his support for marriage equality (Dave Wallis – The Forum)

Cihak was showing his support for marriage equality. Treating gay people like humans deserving of the same rights as the rest of us? That goes against everything the Church stands for! So LaMoine told him he couldn’t complete his confirmation:

[Mother] Shana, who said she was confirmed at the same church, was called into a private conversation with the priest soon after the photo was discovered and was told her son wouldn’t be allowed to complete confirmation.

“I just thought it was wrong to single him out,” Shana said.

Her husband, Doug Cihak, agreed.

“(LaMoine) was talking about ‘God doesn’t believe in this.’ Well, God created Lennon,” said Doug, adding that he was baptized and raised in the same church.

Interestingly enough, several of the other kids getting confirmed in the Church liked Cihak’s picture on Facebook — but the priest just ignored that.

That’s where he goes wrong. I think he did the right think in rejecting Cihak. If you don’t agree with Church beliefs, you shouldn’t be allowed to get confirmed. I hope LaMoine asks every person who wants to get confirmed in the future if they support gay rights, women in Church leadership, use of contraception, pre-marital sex, and the ability for women to choose what happens with their bodies. And then, as the kicker, ask them if they think the cracker is Jesus.

And if anyone disagrees with the Church’s line on anything, tell them they can’t be part of the Church. Install a purity test and don’t let anyone else in. (You know all those couples who pretend they’re Catholic and go through counseling with a priest so they can have their wedding in the Church? Say no to them, too.)

I guarantee the membership rolls will dwindle as all the reasonable, rational, decent people get kicked out of the Church by the bigots-in-charge — and it would hasten the demise of an already-morally-and-intellectually-bankrupt organization.

Lennon Cihak is the lucky one here. He may not realize it, but he just averted disaster. His mother is realizing it, too:

[Father] Doug [Cihak] insists he’s not mad at LaMoine, calling him just a “messenger” of the church. The same could not be said for his wife, who said she doesn’t plan on returning to the church ever again, her son nodding in agreement.

It’s the Church’s loss, anyway. Lennon Cihak has a heart and the Church doesn’t. Hopefully, some of Lennon’s friends see what’s happening and they reject the Church before the Church rejects them.

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  • dball

    I am a convert to Catholicism, and I applaud the priest for not allowing him to confirm. This is NOT bigotry, and I am confused as to how educated people can see not allowing a teen to confirm if they don’t believe Church teaching to be bigotry. Bigotry is the intolerance of a point of view different from your own. According to the article, nothing the priest did showed ANY indication of intolerance. It would have been intolerant to pull him aside and try to force him to change his views and tell him how wrong he is, and push for him to confirm. THAT would have been bigotry. Instead, from what I can tell, there was only a “well you can’t confirm then”. And why would he want to? I would rather have a smaller Church that had members who actually believed in Church teaching. Insisting that someone be consistent with their views in no way makes one a bigot. However, I hear A LOT of bigotry in this article itself, and in nearly ALL of the comments. Just look at what the priest did (would not allow him to confirm, thereby insisting he stay consistent within the framework of his stated values), against what all of you are saying about it, and ask yourself.. Who is the bigot? I am hearing nothing but intolerance of a Catholic viewpoint. THAT, is the very difinition of BIGOTRY. You don’t want to be Catholic, fine. Don’t be Catholic. I don’t care! I’ll still go out and have a drink with you! But don’t put down and belittle and make fun of the Church that I love, which by the way is the largest charitable organization on the planet. The Church is so completely misunderstood. We DO NOT hate homosexuals OR think they are going to hell. That’s ridiculous.

  • Olive Markus

    Actually, by claiming that because a person is incapable of being loving, caring for children, or having a meaningful relationship simply because they don’t have your particular brand of Penis-In-Vagina sex, you are being hateful towards homosexuals. Oh, and being a liar.

    By actively working to take away their rights to legal relationships, caring for children and their expression of love, you’re being hateful. By calling their attractions “disorders” you are actively harming them.

    Catholic teachings on homosexuality resulted in the suicides of my cousin and my childhood friend. That ISN’T loving, regardless of how much you want to fool yourself.

    You have every right to your views. That doesn’t mean you have a right to legally force others to live your views, which is exactly what you and your Church do by lobbying the government to outlaw homosexual marriage and outlaw a homosexual couples’ ability to adopt children. Nobody is creating laws to force you into a homosexual relationship or creating laws to outlaw Catholicism. There is a huge difference there.

    And if pointing out the harmful effects of Catholic teaching and Catholic lobbying on the homosexual men and women I love makes me a bigot, then that is a label I’ll wear proudly.

    ETA: I agree that the priest probably did the right thing by not confirming a boy who didn’t believe in Church teachings. But when they reject a boy for caring about his fellow humans, but the Church generally embraces and protects their own priests for raping children, you could possibly understand why some of us are skeptical of your claims of moral superiority.

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