A parish in Montana is terribly divided over the decision the pastor made to refuse Communion to two men who were recently civilly married.
This is one of the predominant issues of our time and I think we’ll be hearing more stories like it in the near future. Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings reportedly said after speaking with parishioners about the issue that “there obviously is polarization.”
He said he wishes to bring healing to the parish but added, “At the same time, as a Catholic bishop, I uphold our Catholic teachings.”
This is a sad situation but I’m more interested in what one of the men involved said to the media. Exhibiting incrdulity, he said, “We didn’t think anything would happen, church is one thing, civil society is another.”
That line of thinking is dangerous and I fear prevalent among many Catholics.