Womans Institute offended by anti-gay marriage advert

the WI logoThe Womans Institute is now posied to cause a political stir again after it rejected an advert to be placed in its WI Life Magazine from the Coalition for Marriage which is leading an anti-gay marriage campaign against the governement’s plans to allow same-sex marriage. The magazine is distributed to the WI’s 210,000 members.

The advertising manager for the magazine, Helen Adams, told C4M: ‘We are a national campaigning charity and your campaign doesn’t fit with any of our resolutions first and foremost. As WI Life is the national membership magazine, any promotion of your campaign could be seen as an endorsement . . . to members. We do also welcome all women to the WI and this campaign could offend many of our members.’

A spokesman for C4M, whose supporters include Lord Carey the former Archbishop of Canterbury, said: ‘It’s a surprising and unnecessary decision. Most ordinary members will see this as an over-reaction.’

Australian politician’s gay brother responds to gay attack advert

Bob KatterBOB Katter’s gay half-brother has launched an angry and very public attack on an ad released by his sibling’s political party, calling it “homophobic”, “unchristian”, “pathetic” and “grubby”.

Carl Katter used Twitetr following the broadcast of the Katter’s Australian Party advert which attacked Queenland Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman for backing gay marriage.

“They a (sic) using the politics of fear & hate to win vote. They truly are desperate to use such grubby tactics!” Carl tweeted.

“He and rabble (sic) of bigots do bother me and I worry for the people that receive the hate that is incited by such ads.

“My family and myself are disgusted but not surprised.”

The ad targets Greens leader Bob Brown and Mr Newman on the issue of gay marriage.

“How well do you really know Campbell Newman?” a voice asks in the advertisement, which shows pixelated images of two shirtless men embracing.

“Do you think he’ll stand up for your family values? Do you think he’s standing up to the Greens and other minority groups? Think again. The LNP leader supports gay marriage, just like Greens leader Bob Brown.”

Bob Katter told Ten News he respected his half-brother’s position: “I admire his candour, his forthrightness in coming forward. I haven’t had a lot to do with him down through the years, but I admire him for that.”

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Priest removed from church after refusing communion to lesbian

st-john-neumann-catholicA priest who refused communion to a lesbian at her mothers funeral last month at a Catholic church in Gaithersburg, Maryland (USA) has been removed from the church. According to a letter sent from the Archdiocese of Washington to all of its priests, he is apparently on administrative leave pending investigation. The letter says that action was taken against Father Marcel Guarnizo based on allegations that he engaged in “intimidating behavior” against members of the staff and “others” at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, where he served as a parish priest.

The letter does not make any reference of the allegation by D.C. resident Barbara Johnson that Guarnizo “humiliated” her at her mother’s funeral Mass at the church on March 25 when he reportedly refused to allow her to receive communion as she and others approached the church altar, saying she was living in sin.

The letter reads:

“I write to inform you that effective today, Father Marcel Guarnizo’s assignment at St. John Neumann Parish is withdrawn and he has been placed on administrative leave with his priestly faculties removed until such time as an inquiry into his actions at the parish is completed,” Bishop Knestout said in his March 9 letter.

“This action was taken after I received credible allegations that Father Guarnizo has engaged in intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry,” he said in the letter. “Given the grave nature of these allegations, and in light of the confusion in the parish and the concerns expressed by parishioners, Father Guarnizo is prohibited from exercising any priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington until all matters can be appropriately resolved, with the hope that he might return to priestly ministry.”

Last month, Johnson told the Washington Post that Guarnizo “put his hand over the body of Christ and looked at me and said, ‘I can’t give you communion because you live with a woman and in the eyes of the church that is a sin.’”

According to the report in the Post, Johnson’s partner of 20 years had been helping Johnson’s family at the church prior to the service when Guarnizo asked Johnson who she was. He was told that she was her partner.

Guarnizo has told the media that he would have no comment on the matter involving Barbara Johnson.

Reports of Guarnizo’s refusal to serve communion to Johnson triggered an uproar among LGBT activists, including LGBT Catholic activists in the D.C. area.