Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
In light of the fact that the Catholic Church prohibits certain types of sinners from participating in various holy celebrations, the topic here his:
Should gays be allowed to celebrate Christmas?
I'm not sure it's accurate to say that certain types of sinners are not permitted to participate in celebrations is correct.
Firstly, I don't know if there are "certain types of sinners" - I've never come across any distinction between types of sinners, rather types of sin. This may seem a subtle difference but if you think about what people do
rather than the way they are
it does make things different. This causes communication difficulties when people have a tendency to call themselves "gay" and the Catholic Church focusses only on the practice of homosexuality itself.
Secondly, if you are talking about holy celebrations, you are talking about excommunication. I don't believe there is any ban on attendance at Mass (indeed it may still be mandatory, I don't know), baptisms, funerals or any other liturgical service. People who are excommunicated however cannot receive the sacraments.