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Michigan Catholic diocese says LGBTQ shouldn’t receive baptism, confirmation or communion

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The Catholic Diocese of Marquette, Mich., has issued guidance saying that LGBTQ people should not be baptized, confirmed or receive communion.

The guidance was issued in July, according to the Washington Post, but came to widespread notice after a prominent priest and advocate for LGBTQ Catholics shared it on Twitter. The newspaper said it is possibly the first diocese in the country to issue such guidance.

The guidance specifies people in “same-sex attraction” or dealing with gender dysphoria. While it says attraction is not a sin, acting on it is. Gender dysphoria is supposed be treated like anorexia with counseling. All LGBTQ are barred from taking lay leadership roles as long as they are in a same-sex relationship or have transitioned. Children of same-sex couples can still be baptized can confirmed, but any LGBTQ can’t serve as a sponsor. But anyone in a same-sex relationship or who has transition can’t be baptized, confirmed or receive communion.

The diocese also said since transitioning “does not alter one’s sex,” anyone of the opposite gender of a transgender person would be considered to be in a same-sex relationship and the church still refuses to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages.

Just a week ago, Springfield’s own bishop called the legalization of marriage equality in Illinois as “evil.”

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