UndercoverMan saidAs a former devout, practicing Catholic who hasn't read the article I only have this to say in the way of clarification. It is Church teaching that anyone in a state of mortal sin may not receive Holy Communion. To receive HC while knowingly in a state of mortal sin is to commit sacrilege and a mortal sin in and of itself.
I do not see how simply supporting gay marriage would necessarily place one in a state of mortal sin.
When I saw this on my local Michigan news I agreed with the Bishop. And I'll tell you why.
As a former devout christian who has left the religion all behind I have to say that support for gay marriage or any homosexual act goes against the "teachings" of the church and the bible. The bible says you shall not add to the word of God or take away from it. And it staunchly opposes homosexuality in some parts. I believe within the context of christianity it would be a sin to support something that goes against the teachings of the bible. Being that I am no longer a part of the church this would really have no relevance to me anymore. But it is what it is.
Having said that, this is why I no longer associate myself with ANY oranized religion. I have a firm grasp and understanding of what they teach and preach. And it conflicts with my need to slay asshole on a weekly basis. If you're going to believe in something, believe in all aspects of it hole heartedly. And this is why I no longer subscribe to religion. Now let the flames be thrown.