No sanctions for Minneapolis church that ignored archbishop
MINNEAPOLIS - A church that granted Holy Communion to members wearing rainbow sashes on Pentecost Sunday will not be reprimanded by Archbishop Harry Flynn, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said.
A handful of St. Stephen's members wore the multicolored fabric bands, according to members of the south Minneapolis Roman Catholic church and Brian McNeill, organizer of the Rainbow Sash Alliance.
The alliance has been encouraging supporters to wear the multicolored fabric bands each Pentecost Sunday since 2001 to show support to gay Catholics, but Flynn had told the group this month that they would not receive Communion because the sashes appeared to have become a protest against church teaching.
Archdiocese spokesman Dennis McGrath said he had asked the archbishop if there would be repercussions for churches that granted communion to sash-wearing congregants. Flynn's reply was no, McGrath said.
More than 150 alliance members were denied Communion at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Once again, bark but no bite from Catholic Bishop
As noted at Dominic Bettnet's Blog and Catholic World News, Rainbow Sash-ayers were out in minor force with mixed results. What wasn't mentioned was those chuches that defied their bishop to give Eucharist to these dissidents face no consequences for their disobedience: