Archbishop Harry Flynn of Minneapolis gave an interview to his local paper and was asked about the Rainbow Sash-ayers, and changing his mind on denying them Communion.
In the beginning, when I heard from the Rainbow Sash people, they indicated to me that they were not challenging church teaching. They were only doing this to let other people know that there were gays and lesbians who coexisted with them. They were not challenging the teaching of the church on human sexuality. Last year it began to change. The cry became, ‘We’re doing this to defy church teachings so that the church will change its teaching on homosexual relationships,’ which it won’t. In the meantime, I had discussions with the Vatican. I would not be able to let someone who is openly defying church teaching at the same time receive the eucharist and use that reception of the eucharist as a point of protest.
They may have told him that they were not challenging Church teaching, but that’s complete poppycock. Right from the beginning of these Pentecost Sunday protests, that’s what this has been about: protesting Church teaching. Did he bother to do any research or have one of his people do any research on them? Why did he think other people, like the Ushers of the Eucharist, were up in arms? Either Archbishop Flynn is spinning us or he was derelict in his duty.
On whether there will be any repercussions for St. Joan of Arc, where sash-wearers continue to receive communion:
“I’d rather not get into that today.”
Or ever, I bet. Like usual in many dioceses, there will be official head-wagging, an unofficial tut-tut to the pastor, and then nothing else. I’d love to be surprised.[Thanks to Amy]