The new Pope Francis is not really such a nice guy after all.

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Pope Francis Excommunicates Australian Priest Who Advocated For Gay Marriage And Female Clergy

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 09/24/2013 4:42 pm EDT  |  Updated: 09/24/2013 4:50 pm EDT

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On the heels of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking remarks faulting the Roman Catholic Church for being overly focused on homosexuality and abortion, news has emerged that the pontiff ordered the excommunication of a priest who advocated for women’s rights and gay marriage.

Melbourne-based news site The Age reports that Australian priest Greg Reynolds received a letter last week from Pope Francis, informing him that he had been excommunicated. The order means Reynolds is officially prohibited from participation in the sacraments and services of the Catholic Church.

The letter, written in Latin, did not give a reason for the decision; however, the Archdiocese of Melbourne — the district which oversaw the three churches where Reynolds preached — told the Australian Associated Press that Reynolds had been shut out because he was publicizing his views that women should be ordained as priests. The Archdiocese also said Reynolds was removed for holding unauthorized communion ceremonies.

The Age reports that the order to excommunicate Reynolds was made in response to a secret denunciation to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, an ecclesiastical body originally founded in the 16th century to defend the church from heresy.

Reynolds had resigned as a priest from Western Port parish in 2011, at which time his priestly privileges were nullified, The Age reported last year.

His 32 years of official priesthood behind him, Reynolds began operating an informal church in Melbourne in 2012. Called the Inclusive Catholics, the organization accepts homosexuality and allows women to help lead services.

The Vatican could not be reached for comment.

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4 thoughts on “The new Pope Francis is not really such a nice guy after all.

  1. “The Age reports that the order to excommunicate Reynolds was made in response to a secret denunciation to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, an ecclesiastical body originally founded in the 16th century to defend the church from heresy.”

    Heresy like the fact that Earth and the planets revolve around the Sun? Heresy like the fact that homosexuality is in the genes and not an acquired trait?

    The godbots are fighting a losing battle against science, and that is why the dominoes are tumbling. Geloofspronge will not save religion against reason and rationality.

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    • I agree Savage. Just came back from a business trip to San Francisco. It seems to me that California with its liberal views on religion and gay rights, is on a collision course with other US states. Gay marriages are allowed in California but in the majority of other states, not. End result: gays flock to California to get married and then return to a state where gay marriage is prohibited. Simply does not make sense.

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  2. There was a referendum in the Catholic church a year ago about allowing women to be priests. The houses of bishops and cardinals were overwhelmingly in favour of ordaining women priests. They were overruled by the far more numerous House of Laity, that is to say, non ordained Catholics. It’s your ordinary rank and file Catholic bigot who wants women pregnant and barefoot, not the bishops and cardinals.

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