ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine withdrew its invitation Wednesday for the Episcopalian Diocese to use one of its churches for a ceremony because the pro-gay leader of the Episcopalian Church was slated to attend.
The local Catholic diocese rescinded the invitation after Frank Griswold, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, defended in a news article the church’s confirmation of a gay bishop and argued that the Bible does not condemn same-sex relationships.
Bishop Victor Galeone “felt a good number of his people would be offended to learn that an Episcopalian bishop, that holds a position that is radically opposed to what both the church and scripture teach about homosexuality, is using one of our facilities,” Kathleen Bagg-Morgan, a spokeswoman for the local Catholic diocese said in a statement.
My Bishop, Victor Galeone, keeps impressing me. This is excellent that he was concerned about scandalizing the faithful and prevented it from happening. I have been a couple of times to the Church they were going to use. It is fairly large with a beautiful golden dome and a large tabernacle. Unfortunately they have no crucifix in the sanctuary, but a risen Jesus sans cross.