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Rainbow Sash protests rule out Communion

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican’s top liturgy official said Rainbow Sash wearers disqualify themselves from receiving Holy Communion because they are demonstrating their opposition to Church teaching on homosexuality.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, who is head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, made the comment in a written response to Catholic News Service earlier this month.

Rainbow Sash, which describes itself as an organisation of gay and lesbian Catholics and their families and friends, has criticised Church statements on homosexuality, including the Church’s teaching that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” and that homosexual orientation is “objectively disordered”.

To underline their point, the group’s members sometimes attend Mass and receive Communion wearing the sash.

The Church teaching that homosexual acts are contrary to natural law and that the homosexual inclination is “objectively disordered” is contained in The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was revised and corrected in 1997.

The Church also teaches that homosexuals must be accepted with love and respect and that they should not be discriminated against.

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