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Married gay man says he was denied communion at his mother’s funeral Mass

Married gay man says he was denied communion at his mother’s funeral Mass

A gay man in Louisiana, US says he was denied communion at his mother’s funeral Mass by the presiding Catholic priest because he’s in a same-sex marriage.

Tim Ardillo, who was an altar boy at the very church where the funeral was held, was in line with his young son next to his mother’s coffin when the pastor of the church Rev Mark Beard refused the man communion.

The funeral Mass as held at St Helena Catholic Church in Amite, Louisiana, on July 10.

According to the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper, Ardillo said the priest told him that he’s being refused because he was married outside the church. He however believes it’s because he was listed in his mother’s obituary as being married to another man.

The newspaper reported that Beard did not return multiple calls when he was contacted in the week following the funeral.

According to Ardillo, the church passed out a quotation from 1 Corinthians at Mass the following Sunday, which read, in a portion highlighted in red ink, ‘Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks in judgment of himself.’

The paper reported that Ardillo has since received an apology from the Diocese of Baton Rouge, which directly oversees the Amite church as well as a personal apology from New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond, though his office declined to comment on the series of incidents.