CT priest rebuked for attending cousin’s weddingPosted: September 7, 2012
A Catholic priest was rebuked for attending his cousin’s wedding, a same sex ceremony in Connecticut. Rev. Michael Devito was called into the archbishop’s office after the Church higher ups noticed a wedding announcement that included the Connecticut reverend. He did not officiate his cousin’s ceremony, but did assist by doing a reading. He wore no vestments except for the Roman Catholic collar. The archbishop formally rebuked Devito and made him promise never to participate in a same sex wedding again, and that this instance would count as a strike on his permanent record.
Understandably, there’s outrage in the gay and lesbian community. After all, family is family. I’m sure he just wanted to be there for his cousin, regardless of whether or not their religious beliefs matched up. It sends the wrong message to kids who struggle with their sexuality, being told that they can’t be Catholic and gay. Also, who knew that the archdiocese has permanent records? Is it like a driving record? Is this the equivalent of a DUI? Or is it just like high school and the reverend was sent to the principal and got detention? No word on what the official punishment (if any) was.
What do you think? Was the priest wrong for attending his cousin’s wedding?