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CRESTLINE—Holy Redeemer Independent Old Catholic Church located at 307 North Thoman Street in Crestline officially opens its doors as the community’s newest worship facility on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014. Holy Redeemer’s board of directors is officially announcing that the church will extend full sacramental privileges to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community—this will include the Sacrament of Marriage.

The historic church was originally known for over a century as the First English Lutheran Church and was purchased by the Columbus Community of Charity Independent Old Catholic Church in 2011 to serve as its future headquarters. The church complex is currently being restored at an expected cost to exceed $500,000.00.

Holy Redeemer is an all-inclusive and progressive congregation which supports such issues as the ordination of women priests, the use of birth control, the right to divorce, gay marriage, and stem cell research. Old Catholics separated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1870 during the First Vatican Council over the doctrine of papal infallibility and today are leaders in progressive theology, social justice and equality.

Father Anthony Capretta, OFM, the rector of Holy Redeemer says “it will be an honor to participate in the union of two loving souls regardless of one’s gender or sexual orientation. Christian churches are long overdue in their responsibility to demonstrate Christ-like ehavior that is non-discriminatory amongst all of God’s children.”

For further information about the services and events at Holy Redeemer, visit the parish’s website at www.holyredeemercrestline.org.

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