The Springfield Catholic Diocese is taking a hard line approach with same sex marriage proponents.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki issued a statement saying any Catholics involved with the so called “Rainbow Sash Movement” will not be allowed to enter the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday afternoon for mass, and if anyone rises to pray for same sex marriage, they’ll be kicked out.
“It is disrespectful and irreverent for someone to enter with the express purpose of doing something against Catholic teachings,” said Diocese spokeswoman Kathie Sass.
While those praying for same sex marriage will not be allowed in the Cathedral for Mass, a press release says “our cathedral and parish churches are always open to everyone who wishes to repent their sins and ask for God’s forgiveness.” Sass says that’s not specifically targeting homosexuality.
“We are all sinners,” said Sass. “We all approach God with an attitude of repentance because we have all sinned against God’s Law at some point in our lives.”
The Rainbow Sash Movement is planning its demonstration in conjunction with the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality near the state capitol, which runs for the majority of Tuesday.