Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Archbishop Rebukes Priest Who Assisted in Same Sex Marriage

A reader forwarded the following statement that was released on Friday, August 24 from the Archdiocese of Hartford in regard to the matter of Father Michael DeVito, a Diocesan priest in the Hartford Archdiocese, who assisted at a same sex marriage ceremony in New York City. I have been reluctant to post it before verifying that this is an official statement from the Archdiocese. I have just received confirmation from Maria Zone, Director of Communications of the Archdiocese of Hartford that this is an official statement.

Here it is:

Statement from the Archdiocese of Hartford regarding Fr. Michael DeVito
August 24, 2012:

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.
Personally, I don't think this is enough. Father DeVito has broken his vows just with his presence at this ceremony. By being there, he has said that he believes in what is happening. "All" he did was a reading? That is still breaking his vows, unless his reading was along the lines of this:
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God." I Cor. 6:9-11.
Father DeVito's cousin is in danger of eternity in hell fire. A Catholic priest should in no way lend his presence to such an abomination. A rebuke that is a permanent part of the record? No, I don't think so. Father DeVito knew this was wrong. He should not have been there.

I, for one, am completely outraged. As I mentioned in my first posting, the Catholic church is in the midst of a war with our government. Right now it's birth control, but same sex marriage is just over the horizon when it will be made the law of the land, and any church that refuses to participate will undoubtedly by persecuted by our own government, just as we are now persecuted with the HHS mandate. And actions by priests such as Father DeVito are only giving ammunition to those who are trying to destroy the Catholic Church.

We have been promised by our Founder that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church, But we are not promised a smooth and easy road. Father DeVito has just made it that much worse.

Please pray for our priests.


  1. I find it interesting that you seem to be so scornful of an ordained minister of the Lord. Perhaps he is worthy of rebuke, but it is folly to assume that someone who has been called to service was acting without reverence to the teachings of Christ. Jesus walked among sinners and lepers and encouraged them to come to him. How was Fr. DeVito's presence at this wedding any more or less reprehensible than the Savior's own actions? Shame on you for your condemnation, however righteous it may appear.

    1. The Creator of the Universe, Jesus Christ, created sex to be a life giving force between a man and a woman. When sex is separated from procreation and is used purely as a means of sensual pleasure - whether it be heterosexual or homosexual - it is a perversion and will end up destroying all involved, as we have seen over and over in our world. This is condemned by the Written Word of God - the Bible - and the Living Word of God - Jesus Christ. Love means wanting what is best for the other person. I don't think supporting an action that will lead to another's destruction is an act of love.

    2. Obviously Fraktol isn't a Cathoic; or if he is, he is woefully ignorant of dogma, not just a belief or feeling. This priest's attendance alone gives grave scandal. If Fraktol knows anything, he knows what grave scandal is. This is not WWJD. Don't forget,He had a helluva temper on occasion. I suggest that this abominable act, of 2 men attempting marriage, would be one of those occasions. That this priest was willful enough to not only witness but help officiate at this charade, should warrant suspension, not just a rebuke. I refer Fraktol to the Code of Canon Law. The Roman Catholic Church is a Church based on adherence to the Magisterium. If you don't adhere and you claim to be Catholic, you're deluding yourself. You're a protestant (note the small case).


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