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Minn. gay-marriage supporter denied confirmation

Published 9:48am Friday, November 16, 2012

BARNESVILLE — A teenager who posted his support for same-sex marriage online has been denied a Catholic rite of passage at his northwestern Minnesota church, his family said.

Shana Cihak said her 17-year-old son, Lennon, wasn’t allowed to be confirmed at Assumption Church in Barnesville last month after posting a Facebook picture of himself with a political sign he altered to oppose the marriage amendment on Minnesota’s ballot. Voters on Nov. 6 rejected the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Assumption Rev. Gary LaMoine told The Associated Press Thursday that the teen was not denied confirmation but declined to explain, calling it an “internal and pastoral” matter.

“Some people chose to run out into the public and put it out in the media,” LaMoine told the AP, adding that he was consulting with the Catholic Diocese of Crookston about the issue.

Shana Cihak said she was called into a private conversation with the priest after the Facebook photo was posted and was told her son wouldn’t be allowed to complete confirmation. Lennon has gone to church every week and volunteered around the community in preparation for his confirmation this year, Shana Cihak said.

  • wingo

    Isn’t that like the pot calling the kettle black. You cover up for nasty priests but don’t allow a kid to be confirmed, another reason the Catholic Churches need to take a long hard look at themselves!! Judging is also a sin!

  • Angry1

    Why is this news unless running this story fits an agenda which is seems to be the case either made by the press or the adolesent, this is an internal matter to be decided by the priest and the adolesent with the parents in question. Winnie linking two unrealated subjects and demagoguing an insitition of faith is reprehensible, winnie you need to take your own advise!

  • wingo

    Randy, they are related and its ppl like you that bury your heads in the sand about issues pertaining to the safety of our children. They don’t punish their own priests. I don’t have to like any church that doesn’t care for their own congregation. I suppose you also agree with the MO. Church that demonstrates at military funerals. For one thing it has been proven the priests have abused, so I’m not judging.

  • Scott Bute

    Being confirmed in the faith means you believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church. This young person obviously does not believe that same sex “marriage” is immoral and theologically impossible so he is not ready to receive confirmation. And to you Ms. Goette, as a Catholic I can surely attest to the fact that the Church HAS taken a “long hard look at themselves” and has gone to great lengths to put an end to the abuse of the young. I was wondering if the same can be said of the abusers in the public education system whose mostly unreported instances of sexual abuse of minors surpasses that of the priests and ministers by 100 times? You see, the press loves to castigate the Church because it hates what it stands for but it has no time to investigate teachers who abuse because that would not be politically expedient. You make the statement that “I don’t have to like any church that doesn’t care for their own congregation.” How is this not judging on your part? It is obvious that you have no idea the great lengths that the Church has gone through to cleanse itself of clergy abusers who for the most part are in their seventies or eighties now if not deceased.