Homosexual Activists Disrupt Mass; Refused Communion

Archbishop Nienstedt Under Attack For
Refusing The Eucharist To Obvious LGBT Protestors

By PAUL WALSH and MARIA ELENA BACA Star Tribune

Archbishop John Nienstedt

St. Benedict theology junior Elizabeth Gleich, PRiSM vice president, said, “We were making a statement during the eucharist, and many have disagreed with that. But when we have no other way of dialoguing with our church, no other way of telling him how we feel, how else to do it than in liturgy?”

She said their complaint is with church hierarchy, not with the colleges.

Another student, senior Andrew Grausam, said he sat behind the group. “It was sad to see the mass politicized like that,” Grausam said. “And even though I wholeheartedly disagree with the archbishop on this issue, I was hurt to see my worship become a place of demonstration.”

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which describes itself as the nation’s largest civil rights organization on behalf of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people, expressed outrage at Nienstedt’s actions.

“Jesus didn’t play politics with communion,” Harry Knox, the HRC’s religion and faith program director, said Tuesday in a statement. “He offered his body and blood for everyone.”

In the Twin Cities area, at least two efforts have gathered hundreds of DVDs from Catholics opposed to its message. Minneapolis artist Lucinda Naylor estimated Tuesday that she’d gathered about 600. A group called Return the DVD has received about 1,000 in its Burnsville post office box, and also has garnered about $5,000 in donations to help the poor, said organizer Bob Radecki.

The archdiocese has received about 100 DVDs back by mail, McGrath said. The campaign was made possible by anonymous donors and not by church funds, he said.

The U.S. Postal Service will not return bulk-mailed items. Spokesman Pete Nowacki said there’s no way of knowing how many have been received and discarded.

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37 comments to Homosexual Activists Disrupt Mass; Refused Communion

  • Jane

    Father I am with you 100% and never ever forget so is our wonderful New Pope Francis. This is at the heart of the teachings of our church. I pray for all those that refuse to practice the true teaching of the church. God Bless you for your courage and wisdom that has been in teachings since the beginning.

  • Susan

    What am I missing? I don’t understand what the DVDs are. God bless Archbishop Nienstedt!

  • Andy

    No where in the Constitution does it say you need to check your freedom of speech at the church door.

  • Dom Michel J Pugin OSB

    This is no way to make oneself heard. Again another public “drama” to get attention. You cannot condemn this priest/bishop for following his conscience and the doctrine of the Church he serves. This demonstration could have been made outside of Mass. Shame on you thinking that you are doing good when you are making things worse for yourselves.

  • Gustavo Rubio

    Thank you very much for your courage to stand strong in defence of our Lord. This call gay activist groups do not believe in God, but, they would like to force the church to recognise them. I do not understand this, but, evil will not prevail.

    God Bless you Archbishop

  • Darlene Smart

    Jesus spoke clearly regarding those receiving His Body and Blood. We must be without mortal sin, loving Him, desiring to receive His Body for our salvation and
    strength to live a life of obedience. The Eucharist is not a “snack or treat”, It is the complete Body of Christ! We are not entitled to treat Him as though
    He is a potato chip, cookie or piece of candy. May God deliver all of us from the sin of refusing to acknowledging He is everything and we are nothing. No one has the right to antagonize Jesus, the priest or the rest of the congregation with disruptive behavior.
    I hope it isn’t too late to help those people who think they are first and foremost in knowing what is best as far as Communion is concerned.

  • TG

    God bless you Archbishop. Others should follow your lead and not give in to political correctness.

  • Mary Bennett

    Dear Archbishop Nienstedt, thank you for speaking the truth in love. It never ceases to amaze me that the same people who continually assert that they are NOT in communion with the Catholic Church then turn around and DEMAND Holy Communion!

  • Michael Abdollahzadeh

    God bless you archbishop Nienstedit.You did not give

    in to evil.

  • It is our duty and pleasure to speak out in support of one of our most orthodox Archbishops in his stand to teach the complete and total articles of our Catholic faith. The inspiration of a good leader inspires many to live their faith and others to return to the true faith. We at the Catholic Defense League are happy to defend this true successor in the line from St. Peter. God Bless you Archbishop Nienstedt.

  • Michael Thelen

    Most Reverend Archbishop Nienstedt,

    God bless you for your courage and example!

    Love,

    Mike, Amy, Evan, Jacob, Ava, & Emeric

  • God Bless You Archbishop Nienstedt!!!
    These people who think they can desecrate the Mass, The Blessed Sacrament and a Holy Church, are blind and so full of pride in their sin that they have become like possessed souls in route to destruction.They wonder why others won’t follow their “Pied Piper” flute and rush into the sea of despair with them.The end results for them is a eternal woe;not only for personally mocking the Holy Eucharist which is God Himself;but they carry a millstone of scandal around their necks for the others they drag down the abyss with them.They have chosen the wrong master and they will unfortunately have to pay the price.Jesus did not shed His Precious Blood for the enemy of God who’s pride and lies created eternal punishment for those who chose him over God.The lier who lied from the beginning who tries to paint sin and disobdience as a human right.Our rights come from Almighty God not humans,when we seek to be gods we are only fools in the hands of God’s enemy to be used and burned when he is done.

  • Too bad they didn’t realize that in FACT, The Archbishop was saving them from COMPOUNDING their sinfulness during the Mass. “He who eats the Flesh of the Son of Man and drinks His Blood unworthily, eats and drinks condemnation unto himself.” … I say it was CHARITY that he refused them!

  • Ker

    It is great that we stand up for Christ, he bled for what he believed and he also saw the union between man and woman as good and God’s law; not man and man..lol.. pls we need to pray for our brothers and sisters but we will not be Rome, we not going to burn, we believe in the holy spirit and one God creator of heaven and earth, don’t try to have my Jesus bend to your wants we need to bend to his.God Bless and Keep you Bishop !!!!

  • Bottom line the Bishop was acting appropriately. When your sexual orientation is more important and needs to be expressed at the altar rather than the worship of your divine creator…sorry but you just don’t get it. We can only pray for the demonstrators.

  • Dylan

    I dont believe in protests like this, especially not in church. It’s his option to deny communion to them, and I really dont blame him for that. However the protestors did receive communion later in the day, and I think that was the right thing to do.

  • Thank you courageous bishop!

  • Jesus did share the Sacrament with everyone. Everyone who lived within the faith.
    This implies behavior that is representative-of and deserving-of the Sacrament.

    It is an opportunity to teach/remind/reinforce the faithful regarding the potential eternal consequences of being offensive to The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    I couldn’t comprehend taking a chance at truly offending God with actions that were potentially un-absolvable. That is one very serious subject and I would gladly invite your wisdom and guidance in these affairs.

    It’s why you are properly known as “Courageous Priest” after all.
    Thank you for that!

    p.s.: It is interesting to note that “Spellcheck” didn’t include any options regarding the word unabsolvable or inabsolvable. Another opportunity to teach/remind/reinforce.

  • AM

    THE WRITERS AND THE CRITICS OBVIOUSLY DO NOT KNOW OUR CATHOLIC DOCTRINES. THE CONSECRATED HOLY COMMUNION IN OUR CATHOLIC FAITH IS TRULY THE BODY OF CHRIST AND CANNOT BE RECEIVED BY PERSONS IN MORTAL SINS, SUCH PEOPLE WHO ADVOCATE THE PRACTICE OF HOMOSEXUALITY. SINCE THERE IS A HATE CRIME LAW, IT IS DIFFICULT FOR US TRUE CATHOLICS TO SPEAK THE TRUTH IN SOME WAYS WITHOUT BEING FALSELY ACCUSED AS VIOLATORS WHICH IN FACT WE ARE NOT. I AGREE WITH THE PRIEST FOR WHAT HE DID AND HE IS RIGHT AND PROPER FOR DOING SO. HE IS JUST BOLDLY DEFENDING CHRIST TEACHINGS REGARDING HOMOSEXUALITY IN SUCH SITUATION THAT HAPPENED. PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WANT TO SACRIFICE WORLDY SINFUL PLEASURES OF THE FLESH WILL ALWAYS GO AGAINST THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD AND WILL ALWAYS ATTACK THE BEARERS OF THE TRUTH, THE TRUE TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST. NO MATTER HOW MUCH THE OPPONENTS ATTACK CHRIST’S TRUE TEACHINGS, THE TRUTH WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL AND CHRIST WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL. GOD DOES NOT COMPROMISE WITH THE DEVIL.

    AM

  • To brother John Quinn,

    I find nothing wrong with what the Bishop did when he refused to give Holy Communion to gay activists. The Holy Eucharist is supposed to be for repentant sinners who have received penance and atonement through Confession and lives a life of purity in his/her daily life, that’s just my own opinion, its not for these gay activists, who practice and uphold their evil lifestyle, while claiming to be Catholic Christians but are unrepentant. The priest was just being obedient to Canon Law and to God’s Will.

    A Lay Apostle

  • terrig

    Thank God for this Archbishop. If people can’t accept the Catholic Church’s teachings, leave. Go to one of the Protestant dominations that accept homosexuality and other immorality. These groups could care less about receiving Holy Communion. They just hate the Catholic Church and want to cause more trouble for it. We need strong bishops and priests to have the nerve to speak against immorality of all kinds whether it’s committed by homosexuals or hetrosexuals.

  • Johannes Dittrich

    May God bless the brave who witness their faith publicly and thus giving orientation to all who follow Jesus the only Christ. Even children look for guidence and must be disappointed watching gays receiving holy communion. Thank God for at least one of his apostles who denied the precious body of Jesus for those who intentionly provoke a priest publicly.
    God bless Archbishop Nienstedt

    Johannes

  • ALICIA NGUYEN

    As a young Catholic, I would like to send a big “Thank you” to Archbishop Nienstedt for standing up against such selfish and intolerable group, they demand tolerance, and yet they are the one who don’t have any respect to the church’s teaching or anyone else with a point of view different than their own. I am still a Catholic today because of the consistence in the Church’s teaching on traditional marriage, anti-abortion, Chasity, charity and many others. Thank God for the Catholic Church, without her I don’t know where to go to guidance in life.

  • Sandra

    My brief note to Archbishop Nienstedt:

    “Bless you for taking our Catholic faith’s teachings seriously, and stand up in the face of unpopular public opinion and public ridicule and derision.

    I earnestly pray for more Bishops and Priests to follow your example, and for more of the faithful to remain steadfast and true to the truth.”

  • Thank you Archbishop Nienstedt. We appreciate your defense of our faith.

  • katherina

    Thanks be to God for this holy man standing up for the teachings of truth. St. Paul warns us about eating and drinking unworthily of the cup because that brings condemnation on us. Receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion requires that we submit to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church. To promote an ideal that goes against that is to put oneself at odds with Jesus. Ignorance of sacred scripture by those promoting the gay lifestyle brings condemnation upon them and demonstrates ignorance of Christ. Yes, Jesus died for sinners, gay or not. But WE must repent and turn away from that which is not intended by God. The Archbishop acted in love by keeping a greater sin from taking place. Blessed be God for True Shepherds. Those members of HRC are leading souls to eternal death. Let us pray for the desire of conversion to be placed upon their hearts. Hail Mary….

  • Dusti

    God bless you, Archbishop, and thank you.

  • George R. Kadlec

    I think a few G.K. Chesterton quotes are appropriate:

    “There are an infinite number of ways to fall, but there is only one way to stand.”

    “I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.”

    “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”

    “Be careful not to be so open-minded that your brains fall out.”

    “Moral issues are always terribly complex for someone without principles.”

    “When men cease to believe in God they do not thereafter believe in nothing; they believe in anything!”

    “Take away the Supernatural and what remains is the unnatural.”

    “I want a Church that moves the world, not one that moves with it.”

  • JMJ2in1

    When our Bishops are faithful, the faithful will follow.

  • You know what seems to be missing when we hear of supposed ‘playing politics with the Eucharist?’ It is the only reason to refuse communion; that is, because the Eucharist is a Person. People who are in recalcitrant mortal sin of any kind are not worthy to receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus, the second person of the Blessed Trinity. It is for the sake of God, to protect Him from this Sacrilege. Secondarily, it is to protect the poor sinner from committing yet another heinous sin called sacrilege. Saints, including St. Paul, have written on this NEARLY unforgivable sin that Jesus cannot tolerate but must endure.

  • Kris

    This is truly the straw that will separate the sheep from the goats. Relativism has been allowed in our theology for decades now and this issue of how we will deal with the morality of homosexuality will lead us to a courageous choice as this good shepherd did, or to deny Christ. There is really no other way anymore. Pray for holy examples such as this good shepherd.

  • Sue

    Thank God for that Archbishop. How many times in Scripture does Jesus talk against homosexual acts and that those acting on them WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD? So they’ve already rejected Christ on His terms and want Him only on their terms. And then they turn around and DEMAND that the rest of us also accept what Christ Himself has said is unacceptable…homosexual acts. NO!

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  • Mary Ann

    May God bless the good archbishop for standing up for Catholic teaching.

    If we were Moslems, the HRC wouldn’t fool with us; but because we’re Christians, they will persecute us.

  • Of course the writers were biased, only one side was presented and (as always with the MSM) no effort to represent the relative size of the sides.

    In the paper’s “More from Faith + Values” sidebar, all the Catholic topics are hostile.

    On the good side, I was very happy to see the Archbishop acting as a good shepherd and not simply ignoring this.

  • Linda Fugger Rice

    Father, stand on the magisterial determination. We must remember that God must not be mocked, you who do, are setting yourself on a self-destructive course.

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