CT Priest Promises Never To Get Involved In Same-Sex Weddings Again

A Catholic priest from the bedroom community of Suffield, Connecticut, has received an official reprimand for participating in a relative’s same-sex wedding in New York City.

Father Michael Devito wasn’t officiating at the nuptials of his cousin Richard Termine and longtime beau Roger Danforth, but he did wear his clerical collar at the ceremony, held aboard a chartered yacht along New York’s East River, and provided a reading.

After Archbishop Henry J. Mansell read about Devito’s involvement via a New York Times wedding announcement, retribution was swift. In a prepared statement, the archdiocese said:

“Archbishop Mansell informed Father DeVito that his participation in this ceremony was understandably perceived by many Catholics as an implicit endorsement of same-sex marriage, which is contrary to Church teaching. As a consequence, and in accordance with canon law, the Archbishop formally rebuked Father DeVito and informed him that the rebuke would be a permanent part of his record. Fr. DeVito said that he would not participate in any way in same-sex marriages in the future.”

What do you think? Is this canonical overreach, a valid chastisement for someone sworn to uphold Catholic teachings, or proof that the  Church needs to find another hobby besides scanning the Times Vows section?