Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, a Catholic, slammed guidance this month from Archbishop Charles Chaput that tells couples viewed as non-traditional by the church they should not have sex or be intimate if they want to receive communion.
"Jesus gave us [the] gift of Holy Communion because he so loved us. All of us. Chaput's actions are not Christian," mayor Kenney tweeted Wednesday night.
Kenney's pronouncement was a response to a tweet by self-described LGBT activist Ben Secka:[[385779971,C]]
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Chaput's guidelines are a clarification of the pope's "The Joy of Love," a 256-page document on the church's teachings about family.
The Archbishop's interpretation of the document says divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, unmarried couples living together and same-sex couples are welcome in the church, but should "refrain from sexual intimacy" in order to receive Communion.
Jesus gave us gift of Holy Communion because he so loved us. All of us. Chaput actions are not Christian. https://t.co/FXfC858EP6— Jim Kenney (@JimFKenney) July 6, 2016