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St. Francis Cabrini church, of the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese, has announced on their website that they are ready to “bless” homosexual partners.

The parish has published a “Statement of Reconciliation” repudiating the Church for its teaching on sexual purity and married chastity and misrepresenting these teachings as a form of “oppression.” The statement said the parish will “Publicly bless the relationships of a same sex couple after the couple completes a process of discernment similar to that completed by heterosexual couples before marriage.”

The parish statement goes on to pledge that it will publish in the homosexual press their commitment to the homosexual activist agenda and to including “a gay/lesbian perspective in catechesis at all levels, including elementary school age.” The parish currently runs catechesis programmes for children from ages three and up.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pastor of the parish is Fr. Leo Tibesar who is a national leader in the anti-Catholic homosexual lobbying organisation, Dignity. Fr. Tibesar was recorded this week preaching a homily refuting Catholic teaching on sexuality and accusing those who uphold it, including bishops, Cardinals and “Evangelicals”, of hypocrisy.

In May 2006, when LifeSiteNews.com revealed Fr. Tibesar’s leadership role in the homosexual political movement within the Church, he was not the pastor of any parish. It was since the revelations of his involvement in the anti-Catholic campaign group that he was assigned to St. Francis Cabrini. He is also a longstanding figure in Archbishop Flynn’s archdiocesan programmes preparing couples for marriage.

The parish says it “stands willing” to accept “openly gay or lesbian priests or lay ministers” despite the widely available statistics showing the high prevalence of homosexual clergy perpetrators in the Church’s ongoing sexual abuse crisis.

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, head of Human Life International, told LifeSiteNews.com that the parish’s statement was “totally contrary to the Catholic faith”. “I can only say what the scriptures say, this is an abomination. The blessing of homosexual partners is an abomination and the corruption of children is a scandal,” he said.

You can visit the parish’s website , and read the document in question right here.

Curiously, the document appears to have been approved in 1994. It also notes that the “blessing” is not “being implemented at this time.”

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