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"I went to my niece's wedding at the pastor went off on some rant in his sermon about marriage is between a man and a women and anything else is wrong... I about wanted to punch him in the head. REALLY? at a wedding, not the time or place to preach that crap."

Well, um...where else are you going to preach that message? Aside from the usual Sunday sermon, of course. I excerpted this from a Facebook comment stream stemming from a friend's post that "you can tell it's an election year, even weddings are getting political." Me, I think somebody's confused about the difference between morals, religion, and politics. Preachers gotta preach the Word, preferably in churches but sometimes not, and let's face it, if you don't belong to the congregation, you get no say in what the preacher says. For that matter, if you don't belong to a Protestant church or Jewish synagogue where the minister/rabbi is an employee of the congregation, you don't get even that much say; us Catholics have to sit there and put up with whatever the priest wants to dish out on Sundays.

And if you're just there for the wedding, hey, feel free to ignore what the preacher is saying. It's not your church and not your preacher. So really, what do you care? Unless, of course, you're one of those narcissistic fucks who thinks everything in the world should be done to suit you.


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Oct. 17th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Hell's weddings have always been political.
Oct. 17th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
To say nothing of all the political marriages here on Earth, for that matter.
Oct. 17th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Yep. But on to pleasenter subjects. Think the rain's gonna hurt the Twins this year?
Oct. 18th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
I think the Yankees have hurt the Twins far more than the rain ever could. :(
Oct. 17th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Frankly as a Priest can feel free to preach about the Immaculate Conception,or a Lutheran to talk about Justification by Faith without the works of the Law, any minister who's faith believes in traditional marriage should freely preach it. Especially in the Catholic Church where marriage is a Sacrament.
Oct. 18th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
This. Especially Catholic Churches.
Oct. 17th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
Wow. O_O
Oct. 18th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Dunno, I'd be pissed (and actually stop the homily) if it were MY wedding. All the queer guests would cheer me on.
Oct. 18th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but you always gave me the distinct impression of being the kind of person smart enough to talk this over with the priest BEFORE things got out of hand. Stopping the homily may make for great drama, but strikes me as the kind of thing I'd rather hear of second-hand. :(

Edited at 2010-10-18 03:53 am (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Did the priest ask about it beforehand? See, I wouldn't expect it, and if it just came up out of the blue, I'd be mad!
Oct. 18th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
He would probably have made the entirely reasonable assumption that if you were having a Catholic wedding, you'd be down with Catholic doctrine. See, this is why I'm attending a Ukrainian Particular church these days; between my rusty Russian and Ukrainian liturgical argot*, I'm probably only understanding 20% of what the pastor says that isn't in the liturgy. (HHOK)

* to say nothing of the differences between Russian and Ukrainian, which are kind of like the differences between Spanish and Italian, only with different versions of Cyrillic to add to the fun. :(

Edited at 2010-10-18 04:18 am (UTC)
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Oct. 18th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
i think if you are going to have the marriage in the church (whatever church type it is) then either make sure ahead of time that the officiant agrees not to preach, or accept that they might, and consider that this might offend some of your guests unless your invite list is pretty religiously and ideologically "pure".


Oct. 18th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
I would hope (if I ever got married in the Church again) that my guests and my wife's would be prudent enough to hold off arguing with the priest until AFTER the service. Everybody knows the brawling is supposed to wait until the reception!

Edited at 2010-10-18 04:19 am (UTC)
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