A Catholic priest from Connecticut was reprimanded for his role in the same-sex wedding ceremony of a cousin last month.
Father Michael DeVito, of Sacred Heart Church in Suffield, was called into the office of Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell and 'formally rebuked' after a wedding announcement in The New York Times mentioned that the clergyman took part in the August 17 nuptials of Roger Danforth and Richard Termine.
The citation would go on DeVito's permanent record in accordance with canon law, but the archdiocese would not disclose what the cleric's punishment would be.
In a statement released on Thursday, the archdiocese said that DeVito's role in the New York City wedding was limited to doing a reading, and he had no vestments on, but did wear his Roman collar for the occasion.
'Archbishop Mansell informed Father DeVito that his participation in this ceremony was understandably perceived by many Catholics as an implicit endorsement of same-sex marriage, which is contrary to Church teaching,' the statement read.
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