Here is the announcement from the New York Times:
Roger Danforth, Richard Termine
Published: August 19, 2012This is a terrible scandal in the Church. The Catholic Church is embroiled in a war with the United States Government right now in which the government is trying to force us to go against our own teachings. And here is a priest assisting in a same sex marriage ceremony, which can never be morally right under any circumstances.
Roger Thomas Danforth and Richard James Termine were married Friday evening in New York. The Rev. David C. Parsons, a Lutheran minister, officiated aboard the Lexington, a chartered yacht, on the East River, with the Rev. Michael DeVito, a Roman Catholic priest and a cousin of Mr. Termine, assisting.
Mr. Danforth (left), 63, is the artistic director of the Directors Project, a career development program for theater directors run by the Drama League, a New York organization dedicated to professional theater. He is also a freelance director.
He graduated from Western Michigan University and received a master’s degree in directing from Florida State University. He is a son of the late Arline H. Danforth and the late Herbert R. Danforth Jr., who lived in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Mr. Termine, 59, is a freelance photographer in New York. He has done work for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y. He is also the on-set photographer for “Sesame Street,” and is on the board of the Jim Henson Foundation in New York.
He graduated from the University of Connecticut, from which he also received a master’s degree in puppetry. He is a son of Marie L. Termine of Middletown, Conn., and the late Rosario T. Termine.
The couple’s wedding took place on the 30th anniversary of their meeting at a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
If this Rev. Michael Devito is the same one as listed in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the archbishop there must take immediate action. This priest should be immediately relieved of his duties as pastor and suspended from all priestly duties. This cannot be overlooked.
This is the kind of action that has led to the spiritual impotence of the Catholic Church in our time. We cannot be sending conflicting messages like this to the rest of the world. We are the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ. We have the message of salvation for the world. So many hundreds of millions of souls are being lost because of renegade priests such as Father Michael Devito.
If the information in the New York Times announcement is true, Father Michael Devito, be it Father Devito in Connecticut or wherever he may be, must be immediately removed from the priesthood.
UPDATE: Deacon Greg Kandra of The Deacons Bench blog has contacted me and seems quite concerned that I may not have the right priest. At Deacon Kandra's suggestion, I have removed the contact information I earlier listed until it can be verified that we have the correct Father Devito. However, as I have stated, I have emailed him as well as contacted the Hartford Archdiocese and have not received any response. As Deacon Kandra said on his blog, I would like to hear an explanation of this situation. It is quite serious and scandalous.
UPDATE: HARTFORD ARCHDIOCESE RELEASES STATEMENT.