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Press Release

 Office of Media and Communication

Evangelical Catholic
Diocese of the Northwest

Chicago Illinois 60617-8388
Office: 773-721-5383   Fax: 773-721-2581

 November 16, 2012

 Chicago, Illinois - For Immediate Release 

Bishop offers Sacrament of Confirmation
to young man denied the sacrament
for posting endorsement of
marriage equality on Facebook


Bishop James Wilkowski, Evangelical Catholic Bishop for the Diocese of the Northwest, has offered to provide the Sacrament of Confirmation to Lennon Chilak of Barnesville, Minnesota after he was denied the Sacrament by his Roman Catholic pastor after Mr. Chilak published his endorsement for same-sex or gender-common marriage on his Facebook account. 

This morning Bishop Wilkowski spoke with the father of Lennon Chilak to apologize for the pastoral and sacramental marginalization that has taken place and emphasized that such actions have no place within the sphere of any Catholic jurisdiction.

William R. Morton
Director of Media and Communication


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