Shocker: Catholics Are Catholic

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In Barnesville, MN a Catholic church has denied confirmation to a teenager who took to Facebook supporting gay marriage in that state.

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – If you want to be a Catholic, you have to be 100 percent Catholic.

That’s the lesson one family here learned after their 17-year-old son was denied confirmation after the priest at the Assumption Church here found a pro same-sex marriage post on the teen’s Facebook.

The decision by the Rev. Gary LaMoine to deny the religious rite of passage for Lennon Cihak in mid-October shocked his mother, who said her son has gone to church every week and volunteered around the community in preparation for his confirmation this year.

“You kind of know the Catholic beliefs, but I never thought they would deny somebody confirmation because you weren’t 100 percent. I guess that’s what shocks me,” Shana Cihak said.

I’m really not sure what the controversy is here, or why this merits news coverage. Catholics don’t believe in gay marriage. This is no secret. The church’s leaders have been both outspoken and adamant about the position.

So why should we be surprised that the Catholic church doesn’t want to confirm a member who has shown a public and blatant disregard for what the church considers to be an important tenet of their faith? That’s like being outraged that the Yankees won’t sign a second baseman who doesn’t know how to hit a baseball.

I don’t agree with the Catholics on gay marriage. I think their position is wrong-headed, but I support their right to set their own moral standards and apply those standards within their organization as they wish.

I respect that the Catholics are trying to apply a consistent standard to their members that is consistent with their faith. I don’t agree with the outcome, but then that’s why I’m not a Catholic.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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