Italian Bishop Francesco Nolè insists that "'irregulars' such as criminals and homosexuals should not be given communions or funerals":
This, he said, is not to be seen as discrimination, but rather as healthy medicine’ for those close to the person:
“Our behaviour, which could be perceived as mean or cruel, in the long-run often heals and evangelises.” He added: “We must have the courage and tact, perhaps first informing the individual, or the families if he has passed, that it’s not possible to administer a communion or funeral. We would perhaps pray for his soul, which must be done.”
One wonders what Nolè would say about Father Murphy. Well, of course, one wonders not. Homosexuals may not take communion, but known child molesters sure can consecrate the host.
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