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St. Louis Archdiocese Reiterates Gays Welcome in Church, "Homosexual Activity Is Forbidden"

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St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson.
Earlier this morning, we posted our interview with Father Gary Meier, an openly gay St. Louis priest, who had some thoughts to share about Pope Francis's surprising remarks that he wouldn't judge gay priests (saying, "You can't marginalize these people").

Meier says the comments are a "breath of fresh air" and a nice change in tone from the "outright anti-gay, hostile statements" the church usually delivers.

Now, Daily RFT has another relevant local reaction to Pope Francis, this one from the Archdiocese of St. Louis -- which has a slightly different take than Meier.

See also:
- Gary Meier, Gay St. Louis Priest, Reacts to Pope Francis' Remarks on Homosexuality
- St. Louis Pride: Catholics Promote Inclusion, Alternative to Archdiocese Stance
- DOMA Ruling: St. Louis Archdiocese Says God's Marriage Definition Can't Be Changed

The St. Louis Archdiocese -- which slammed the Supreme Court ruling favoring gay marriage last month -- says in its new statement that it supports Pope Francis' remarks and reiterates that "homosexuals are welcome in the church," but "homosexual activity is forbidden."

Here's the full statement sent to Daily RFT this morning.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis supports the remarks by Pope Francis which reiterate church teaching that homosexuals are welcome in the church but homosexual activity is forbidden. The Catholic Church teaches that all people are called to responsibility when it comes to sexuality, whether homosexual or heterosexual, priest or lay person. She believes that all sexual activity belongs within a marriage between a man and a woman.

The Catholic Church does not condemn people for having same-sex attraction. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states quite clearly that homosexual persons "must be accepted with compassion, respect and sensitivity." The Catechism adds that "Every sign of unjust discrimination must be avoided."

While the Catholic Church objects to homosexual activity, she does not object to homosexuals.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, formerly of St. Louis, said today that the pope's comments signaled a shift in tone, but not in teaching:
Homosexual acts, he reiterated, are still a sin.

Here's a video from the Archdiocese of St. Louis on the Supreme Court gay marriage decision.

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James Madison
James Madison

The confession must be from the heart. Meaningless otherwise.

Joan ThemadHungarian Hasamear
Joan ThemadHungarian Hasamear

Our priest as a child, slept with a few of the women near our home, and had the nerve to excommunicate our mother when she divorced my dad for abuse...

Tom Corey
Tom Corey

That should only apply to priests.

Margaret Keller
Margaret Keller

But then you could also just belong to the church, continue to have sex and every Saturday before the 5pm mass, go to confession and promise to try to do better. You will be forgiven and pure. Until you have sex again and go back to confession.

Robin Chamberland
Robin Chamberland

I wouldn't expect expect the church to do so. My response was meant to point out the ridiculousness of the previous comment suggesting there was no bias and that this was the same as the prohibition on premarital sex. Not so, as heterosexuals can remedy their "sin" with marriage. The church can believe and practice whatever they want, but she was comparing apples and oranges.

James Madison
James Madison

Exactly. Realize that the Church believes all men are sinners. The Church denounces the sin, but loves the sinner. Whatever your sin, the Church does not want you to practice it. Is that so simple for someone to understand? Of course, if you do not view your sins as sins, then you will have a tough time accepting the Church's teachings.

James Madison
James Madison

Since the Church is unlikely to ever sanction homosexual marriage, it does not matter what a secular State allows. To the church, the marriage must be between one man and one woman. So you hypothetical makes no sense.

Jason Patrylo
Jason Patrylo

It's still ok for priest to engage though. We'll just sweep that under the rug.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

The same goes for pre-marital straight sex. It doesn't keep them from marrying 100% of the coupes I know. It's so archaic this organization ....perhaps they could do virgin testing like the Taliban.

Sharon Parker
Sharon Parker

Right there with you, Leslee! I got weary of the hypocrisy.

Timothy Colmey
Timothy Colmey

The only religion where you can get your sins forgiven and a bj at the same time.

Nathan B Cromwell
Nathan B Cromwell

Archdiocese needs to shut mouth they cant tell anyone what they cant do I am straight but take offense to this cause they saying a cardinal or father cant have a bf that is wrong

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

The Catholic Church is so out of touch with the reality of life today. This closed minded backward thinking is why I'm an ex Catholic. So tired of the rhetoric of all of the fake holiness coming from the church

Tim Garner
Tim Garner

Wtf is that supposed to mean you can be gay but can't live like it? W/e u say....

Jason Savoy
Jason Savoy

exactly what the Mormons are saying now!

Tim Wheatley
Tim Wheatley

then what are those statues on the slu medical campus suggesting ??

Rick Jones
Rick Jones

It's ok to be a pedophile priest as long as you're not engaged in "getting named as a defendant."

Melissa Feist Eversole
Melissa Feist Eversole

Probably along the same lines of their, "It's ok to be a pedophile, as long as you don't engage in any molesting" policy.

Robin Chamberland
Robin Chamberland

So if we had marriage equality the church would be ok with "practicing" homosexuality? I'd say there is a bias Nicole.

Nichole Ann
Nichole Ann

It's also ok, according to the Catholic Church, to be straight as long as you're not having premarital sex... so what?! There's no bias.

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