Bigoted Indiana Church Won’t Let Gay Man Sing At His Grandma’s Funeral

As if losing a relative wasn’t bad enough, this gay man in Indiana was banned from singing at his grandmother’s funeral.

Connor Hakes, a 23-year-old from Bloomington, Indiana was turned away from the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church because of his “gay lifestyle.”

Father Bob J. Lengerich wrote Hakes a letter explaining why he wasn’t allowed to sing at the funeral. It said, in part:

“Anytime someone sins and then acts in the name of God, it causes scandal. This is the main reason why you cannot (at this time) offer your gifts in service at St. Mary’s.”

“You are more than welcome to honor your Grandmother with a special tribute in song as long as it is outside of the Mass and outside of the Church.”

Hakes said this about his grandparents:

“They saw beyond race, religion, sexuality, and social class. They loved everyone. That is what it means to be a Christian. That is what it means to be Catholic.”

This priest’s behavior is disgusting. Hakes should be allowed to honor his grandparents. It sounds like they were better Christians than the priest.

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