- The Washington Times - Monday, April 8, 2013

Gay-marriage-rights Catholics should not partake of Holy Communion, said one Detroit professor who also serves as a legal adviser to the Vatican.

Edward Peters , who teaches canon law at a Catholic seminary in Detroit, said on his blog that the Catholic Church’s teachings are clear on this point.

“Catholics who promote ‘same-sex marriage’ act contrary to Catholic law and should not approach for Holy Communion,” he wrote, the Detroit Free Press reported. “They also risk having Holy Communion withheld from them … being rebuke and/or being sanctioned.”

He also said: “Public efforts to change society’s definition of marriage … amount to committing objectively wrong actions,” the Free Press said.

Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron agreed. On Sunday, he said that Catholics who take Communion at the same time as pushing for same-sex marriage would “logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury,” the Free Press reported.

Neither named public figures. But Mr. Peters has pointed out certain politicians in the past — Rep. Nancy Pelosi and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to name a couple — and said they should not take Communion because of their gay-marriage support.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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