Lennon, a 17 year old student in Barnesville, MN, claims he was denied the Sacrament of Confirmation when his pastor found a photo he posted on Facebook showing his support for gay marriage (or more accurately his lack of support for the Minnesota Marriage Amendment).
His mother is outraged, but Lennon’s response is very different: “I don’t want the church to be put down. I don’t want the Catholic religion to be put down,. It’s just the way the priest has things running. He’s so strict. He won’t loosen up about things.”
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It turns out, according to the priest at least, that Lennon voluntarily withdrew from the sacrament:
“When I challenged the young man as to why he was doing this when he knew he was rejecting a central teaching of the Church, he affirmed his rejection of the teaching for personal reasons and said that he no longer wanted to be confirmed,” the pastor said.
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From a sacramental standpoint, I don’t think there’s much to debate on this issue, as the priest said: One cannot embrace the faith of the Church in Confirmation while rejecting it at the same time.”
No argument from me on that. But my question is: How are we called to minister to teens who vocally and publicly dissent from the Church’s teachings?