Lennon Cihak, 17, denied Catholic confirmation after coming out in support of gay marriage
Lennon and his family need to find a new church after he was rejected for supporting the Vote No cause.
Image by Tatiana Craine
Last month, Lennon Cihak, a 17-year-old living in Barnesville, Minnesota, posted a picture of himself holding an altered 'Vote Yes' sign on his Facebook page.
Lennon markered out the 'Vote Yes' text and replaced it with 'Vote No!' He also changed the sign's slogan to read, 'Equal Marriage Rights!' Shortly thereafter, Lennon's mother, Shana Cihak, was called into a meeting with Rev. Gary LaMoine, the priest at Assumption Church, the Catholic church the Cihak family attends. LaMoine informed the family that Lennon would no longer be able to complete his confirmation because of his gay marriage stance.
The decision by the Rev. Gary LaMoine to deny the religious rite of passage for Lennon Cihak in mid-October shocked his mother, who said her son has gone to church every week and volunteered around the community in preparation for his confirmation this year.
"You kind of know the Catholic beliefs, but I never thought they would deny somebody confirmation because you weren't 100 percent. I guess that's what shocks me," Shana Cihak said...
But now the family is not allowed to participate in Communion there, Doug [Cihak, Lennon's father] said, and he's worried as to how far the sanctions will go, expressing concern about being able to be buried alongside his parents.
Still, Doug insists he's not mad at LaMoine, calling him just a "messenger" of the church. The same could not be said for his wife, who said she doesn't plan on returning to the church ever again, her son nodding in agreement.
"You should be able to go to a church for support, help," Lennon said. "He pushed me away."
Lennon, whose Twitter presence outs him as a political moderate (see image at top of this post), told the Forum that he remains committed to his Catholic faith despite his rejection from Assumption Church.
"I don't want the church to be put down. I don't want the Catholic religion to be put down," he said. "It's just the way the priest has things running. He's so strict. He won't loosen up about things."
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