“A parish priest in Minnesota gave the pulpit to a same-sex ‘married’ couple in a pre-Mass presentation last Sunday, allowing the two men to showcase their homosexual partnership, which included a child whom they said was conceived by IVF and carried to term via surrogacy.
Alan Nachtigal and Blake Wilson were legally ‘married’ to each other in Minneapolis in September 2014. On January 13, 2019, the two men were introduced as speakers to the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community by parish staffer ‘JP’ before the day’s Sunday Mass. St. Joan of Arc parish, where Fr. Jim DeBruycker is pastor and Fr. James Cassidy is parochial vicar, often features pre-Mass presentations on Sundays, accompanied by art and music.
The homosexual men had with them one-year-old Cohen, a child whom they said was conceived by IVF (in vitro fertilization) and who was brought to term by means of a surrogate mother.
A video of their presentation was published on YouTube via the parish website and was introduced by the description: ‘On the Baptism of our Lord Sunday, parishioners Alan Nachtigal and Blake Wilson share their journey to bring their son, Cohen, into the Catholic faith through Baptism.’
The congregation laughed and applauded Wilson’s take on a LGBT cliché when he broke the ice by saying, ‘Just like Jesus, Cohen also had two dads, and He turned out pretty great.’…
During the presentation, the two men said that they had not expected to baptize any babies they might someday ‘have.’ They related how they felt welcomed and accepted by St. Joan of Arc parish and decided to start attending services.
‘It was a different service than what we were used to,’ Nachtigal said. ‘…I know my mom likes John Lennon, but I don’t know what she thought of singing ‘Imagine’ during church.’ One of the verses of the song asks listeners to imagine ‘there’s no heaven’ and a world with ‘no religion.’
While the two men attempted to become parents through IVF and the use of a surrogate, ‘faith’ led them back to St. Joan of Arc, they said, where they saw a ‘Lesbian couple and their children doing the prayer offering.’ This led them to decide the church community was their spiritual home.”