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Saturday, May 21, 2005

No Sanctions for Minneapolis Church That Ignored Archbishop

[original posted 3:18 PM, May 19, 2005]

Confusion remains in the archdiocese:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A church that granted Holy Communion to members wearing rainbow sashes on Pentecost Sunday will not be reprimanded by Archbishop Harry Flynn, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said. A handful of St. Stephen's members wore the multicolored fabric bands, according to members of the south Minneapolis Roman Catholic church and Brian McNeill, organizer of the Rainbow Sash Alliance.

The alliance has been encouraging supporters to wear the multicolored fabric bands each Pentecost Sunday since 2001 to show support to gay Catholics, but Flynn had told the group this month that they would not receive Communion because the sashes appeared to have become a protest against church teaching.

Archdiocese spokesman Dennis McGrath said he had asked the archbishop if there would be repercussions for churches that granted communion to sash-wearing congregants. Flynn's reply was no, McGrath said.

I am convinced now, more than ever, that a pastoral teaching is needed from Archbishop Flynn.

Update:

Still more confusion, this time from the archbishop's recent interview (free reg. may be req'd, links usually good for 2 weeks) with the StarTribune:

On whether there will be any repercussions for St. Joan of Arc [another Minneapolis parish], where sash-wearers continue to receive communion:

"I'd rather not get into that today."

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