.- AICA, a Catholic news source in Argentina, reported this week that Archbishop Carlos Jose Nanez of Cordoba has begun canonical proceedings against an Argentinean priest for refusing to retract the statements he publicly made supporting same-sex âmarriage.â
Fr. Jose Nicolas Alessio received an enormous amount of media attention for his statements supporting gay âmarriageâ while he was pastor of St. Cajetanâs in the city of Cordoba.
According to AICA, the priest has continued to make statements to the media in support of same-sex âmarriage.â âAs a cautionary measure, the archbishop has prohibited him from the public exercising of the priestly ministry, which means he cannot celebrate Mass or administer the sacraments of the Church publicly, and therefore, cannot continue as pastor,â the news service reported.
In his statement, Archbishop Nanez noted that, he has âexhausted all possible pastoral means to get Father Jose Nicolas Alessio to amend his ways and retract his statementsâ in support of same-sex âmarriage.â The archbishop explained that since the priest has âdenied every opportunity to modify his actions, I have decided to initiate canonical proceedings under the inter-diocesan Tribunal of Cordoba so that all action will take place according to current ecclesial law.â