Can. 915 Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.
Should Gaffigan and his wife be denied Communion?
Canon 915 and all. It must be enforced. Maybe their kids should be removed from their care, many are aghast because their kids wore Pride shirts and carried Pride flags which mean serious intent to defy Catholic teaching and publicly dissent by attending a Pride parade in NYC? Maybe not though.
There has been a discussion on Facebook, and evidently Catholics cannot support Jim Gaffigan any longer. I'm not a fan or follower - but I guess many Catholics have been big fans of his humor because he's Catholic, and like Colbert, that's part of his schtickt. Just like Fr. James Martin wished everyone a happy Pride day - these comedians did too. Vincible ignorance or outright dissent? I don't know.
A Catholic theologian in a bubble took great offense at the Gaffigan tweet. Mothers with children are once again afraid to leave the house and condemn parents who bring their kids to Pride. I really do get that. I'd never go myself and if I had kids I wouldn't dream of exposing them to that. Actually, I wouldn't let them watch Disney films or television, or take them to Disney World either.
I've never been to a gay Pride parade. I do not like parades. I never liked parades or the circus, and that's kind of what Pride is anyway. I went to a Pride celebration in a park downtown with some friends years ago, but it didn't interest me and seemed really tacky. To be honest I am a great big homophobe - I hate myself. I have never been happy with any label, and I especially hate the gay label - so I'm definitely homophobic. However, people who use those terms don't scare me - those who call me gay or homophobic - that doesn't bother me - well, maybe a little. People that do so usually want nothing to do with me - or the Catholic Church. I have been, can be, or could be friends with them, but they don't like it when I don't socialize with them. I know - so how is that being a friend? I don't know. Stealing a line from Carlo Carretto, all I can say is: "Those who believe that they can speak of what is in the depths of their own soul betray their own inexperience." I'm helpless.
You can't say gay or identify as gay, but you can say Jesus Loves Gay People.
Same sex attracted evangelical Catholics can do that, because they are quick to tell them they are not really gay. I guess. But Jim Gaffigan says gay and jokes about his 'gay children' and he must be condemned - or at least be held accountable and explain himself because he was at the Pride parade. I doubt he sees it that way. But I don't know him.
We all know that in major urban areas Catholic parishes actually participate in Pride parades - many Catholics in the pews think it's just fine, as do their pastors. Gay friendly parishes exist and bishops say nothing. Cardinal Tobin recently celebrated Mass with New Ways Ministry. James Martin just wrote a book on building a bridge. (See why people are confused?)
In NYC Catholic Militants went nuts when gay participants were permitted to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade. They condemn that, and condemn gays when they get their own parade, and condemn Catholics for attending. Gaffigan is an entertainer, an ordinary Catholic, Catholics see the welcome wagons out and yet they're condemned if they extend a welcoming hand?
So Jesus loves Gay People, but Catholics don't? I know what's going on. I really do. We hate the sin but love the sinner. And you can't say gay after you get them in church. You can go to the Pride parade if you hand out holy cards and evangelize. Pope Francis would even approve. I see how that works. Nevertheless, what I'm saying is, see how that looks to non-religious people, or fallen away people who already think God hates them even though you tell them he loves gay people but they are not gay and can't use the word?
I know. I'm wrong. I'm all over the place on this and I don't even know why I join in on these conversations. And it doesn't matter what I say.
Thomas Peters has a very good post on why it is wrong for Christians to participate in these activities, or endorse the events themselves, pointing out how they tend to be inherently anti-Christian, and especially anti-Catholic. Frequently drag queens portray Our Lady in an offensive manner, or they perform some sort of sexualized simulation of Christ, while 'gay' saints can be represented in the 'festivities'. Peters acknowledges that many ordinary people may not be aware of these activities, or simply naive about how participation in the outward show of support is ignorant of the fact the Pride phenomenon is in effect an out and out protest against Judeo-Christian moral teaching.
Some Christians are, I grant, unaware of the full implications of what they are doing, but whether they mean to do something contrary to the faith or not, it is still a public act that implies endorsement of several anti-Christian positions. - Peters
See, that's a reasonable, sensible, calm approach to the issue. It's why I said people need to give Gaffigan a break in the first place.
That said, Thomas Peters short essay makes the best point for not waving a Pride flag I've read in long time. I hope everyone reads it - especially the bishops and priests who have an all too benevolent attitude upon the homosexual condition itself:
Today, something similar, I suggest, is being tried with the “rainbow flag” of the LGBT movement. Waving the flag, identifying with it, and participating in the public parades staged by gay activists all convey an agreement with an agenda that, at its heart, contradicts and denies, among other things, the teachings of Christ and His Church about the nature and destiny of the human person. - Thomas Peters
Waving a rainbow flag is no longer a neutral act. Works for me.