Priest’s gay wedding role in New York gets him rebuked by Archbishop

By on Sep 8, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

Hartford Archbishop Henry J. Mansell recently rebuked Rev. Michael DeVito of Sacred Heart Church in Suffield, Connecticut, after the latter’s participation in a same-sɛx marriage in New York, which will be on his record permanently.

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The priest’s gay wedding role was reported at the New York Times last month, where it mentioned that freelance photographer Richard James Termine, Rev. Michael DeVito‘s cousin, was married to a man days earlier, which was officiated by a Lutheran minister and was assisted by the Roman Catholic priest.

According to NBC Connecticut on Friday, September 7, 2012, the role of the priest in the gay wedding reached the knowledge of Archbishop Mansell but it was not mentioned as to when and how. The archdiocese was noted to have released a statement last Thursday, which reads below.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell has met with Father Michael DeVito regarding the priest’s participation in a same-sex marriage ceremony involving a cousin in New York City on August 19th. According to Father DeVito, his participation in the ceremony was limited to doing a reading. He wore no vestments, but had worn his Roman collar.

Archbishop Mansell informed Father DeVito that his participation in this ceremony was understandably perceived by many Catholics as an implicit endorsement of same-sex marriage, which is contrary to Church teaching.

As a consequence, and in accordance with canon law, the Archbishop formally rebuked Father DeVito and informed him that the rebuke would be a permanent part of his record. Fr. DeVito said that he would not participate in any way in same-sex marriages in the future.”

Apparently, there were mixed reactions among commentators as to whether the priest deserved to be rebuked or not, since he was not the one who officiated the gay wedding and he was only showing support to his cousin. Nevertheless, Father DeVito noted that he will never participate in any same sɛx marriage ceremony.



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