Pax CAF members!
I had an interesting question posed to our University Catholic club Facebook page that read:
"I was thinking about something today. Can a priest deny someone confirmation because they don't agree with the church on moral issues (ie. abortion, same-sex marriage etc.)? If so, couldn't he also refuse to marry a couple because they disagree with the Church's teaching on contraception?"
Many different people commenting offering their two cents, but something that made a lot of sense was a response that read:
"Canons 843ff. speak of proper preparation and "disposition". That said, since the local bishop is the minister of confirmation (and able to delegate others) the decision seems to rest with him. And in marriage, since the couple, themselves, are the actual ministers of the sacrament and the priest only a witness, it seems he could refuse to witness their marriage (then they'd have to find another approved person as witness in addition to two other witnesses.) But, again, he'll have to answer to his bishop, since the buck stops with the bishop."
I was wondering what you all thought about this??
Sincerely in Christ through Mary,