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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

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The Netherlands – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on June 10, 2010

A Catholic priest in Reusel denied the openly gay Prince Carnaval the host at communion. The gay community turned out in large number during the subsequent mass, leading the preacher to cancel the Eucharist. The  Bishop of ‘s’Hertogenbosch backed the priest, after which the gay community, backed by the chair of political party PvdA, announced a protest at the bishop’s Mass at the cathedral in Den Bosch, calling on protesters to bear the words “Jesus shut no-one out.”

Protests at priest’s gay communion refusal

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 22,2,10:

http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/protests-priests-gay-communion-refusal

Dozens of people protested outside the Roman Catholic church in the Dutch town Reusel on Sunday. The local priest, Father Luc Buyens, denied communion to an openly gay churchgoer at a service earlier last week. His actions have led to a storm of criticism.

The protesters, led by town council member Dick Boonman, handed out pink triangles to people attending Sunday mass. Several Christian gays had travelled to Reusel to attend the mass. The priest consequently decided not to administer communion to anyone attending the service.

After the service, Father Buyens explained he was still determined to hold his ground on the matter. “A referee on a soccer field does not discuss his decisions with a player who exhibits problematic behaviour,” he commented.

From de Volkskrant, 24.2.10:

http://www.volkskrant.nl/binnenland/article1352846.ece/Ploumen_kom_naar_protest_bij_mis_Sint-Jan

DEN BOSCH – PvdA-voorzitter Lilianne Ploumen roept homo’s en hetero’s op zondag massaal aanwezig te zijn in de Sint-Janskathedraal in Den Bosch om te protesteren tegen het homobeleid van de katholieke kerk. Ze zal zelf ook komen om haar verbijstering te laten blijken over de hostie-affaire. ‘Wat hier gebeurd is, is zó achterhaald, zó middeleeuws, dat ik hoop dat de Sint Jan zal uitpuilen. Dit gaat alle politieke belangen te boven, hetero én homo moeten hierin solidair zijn.’

 

Ploumen deed haar oproep woensdag op de website van de Gaykrant. Onder aanvoering van homo-organisaties als het COC en Embrace Pink trekken actievoerders zondag op naar Den Bosch om daar de hoogmis bij te wonen en, indien zij katholiek zijn, ter communie te gaan. Zij zullen daarbij roze driehoeken dragen met de tekst Jezus sluit niemand uit.

De actievoerders hopen de kerk te dwingen tot een ander homobeleid. Dat ligt onder vuur sinds de Reuselse pastoor Buyens de plaatselijke Prins Carnaval de communie weigerde wegens diens homoseksualiteit. Daartegen werd zondag al in de kerk in Reusel door homo’s gedemonstreerd waarop Buyens, in overleg met Hurkmans, de communie voor de hele parochie schrapte. Hij achtte de kans op ontheiliging van het sacrament te groot met zo veel openlijke zondaars in de kerkbankjes.

De actievoerders willen zien of nu ook in de Sint Jan de hele communie wordt afgeblazen wegens hun aanwezigheid.

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