Orthodox Catholics are angry at the Den Bosch bishop’s decision to allow openly gay men and women take communion, if they go first to confession, news agency ANP reports on Friday.
The compromise follows a row over the refusal of a local priest to give communion to the openly homosexual carnival prince – a traditional part of the pre-Lent festivities.
But now the website of the Catholic magazine Catholica has launched an online petition in support of the priest. ‘The Catholic priest Luc Buyens…. has been attacked by homosexuals and then placed in the cold by his own church,’ the petition states.
Officially, the Catholic church regards homosexuality as a sin.
In February, a service at the St Jan church in Den Bosch was disrupted by activists and the communion celebration cancelled.