“Gay patient says Catholic chaplain refused him last rites”

A Catholic chaplain at MedStar Washington Hospital Center stopped delivering a 63-year-old heart attack patient Communion prayers and last rites after the man said he was gay

via The Washington Post.

How is it even possible for a patient to believe that last rites can make a difference, yet also believe that he has the right to prioritize non-discrimination laws over the authority of a priest?

I call troll.

Oh – and whatever happened to “live and let live”? Now the gay lobby has the right to tell Catholic priests how and when to administer sacraments to sinners?

I suppose next they’ll be suing God, and taking His refusal to respond to the summons in the way they’d like as proof that He doesn’t exist and that therefore anyone who says He does is a “criminal” like Thomas Monson:

Two summonses direct Thomas S. Monson of Utah, the Church president, to attend a March 14 hearing in the Westminster Magistrates Court of London to answer accusations that key tenets of the LDS faith are untrue and have been used to secure financial contributions.

The criminal complaint was lodged by Tom Phillips…

[…]

…Phillips’ complaint is based on the Fraud Act of 2006, a British law that prohibits false representations made to secure a profit, or to cause someone to lose money. Conviction may carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

The summonses were signed Jan. 31 by Judge Elizabeth Roscoe. A court official in London confirmed Tuesday the issuance of the paperwork, which directs Monson to answer allegations that untrue religious precepts were used to obtain tithes comprising 10% of church members’ incomes. Two British subjects, Stephen Bloor and Christopher Ralph, are identified as victims.

via USA Today

Notice that the Washington Post article not only misrepresents the Catholic position on administering the sacraments, but also takes the Pope himself out of context in order to make it sound like the Pope thinks that priests have no right to refuse communion to unrepentant sinners:

The question of how members of the clergy minister to gays and lesbians is becoming more explosive in traditional religion as society becomes more accepting of them. This is true in Catholicism, which is why the pope made worldwide news soon after taking office when he told reporters asking about gay people: “Who am I to judge?”

Just for the record, Catholics are called on to love the sinner, not the sin. But Catholics are also instructed quite clearly that “love” does not mean enabling or encouraging sin. Pope Francis doesn’t have the power to change that even if he wanted to.

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