By: Scott Theisen
Several students from St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict say the Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis refused to serve them communion because they were wearing rainbow buttons that signaled membership in a gay and lesbian student group.
Archbishop John Nienstedt led a Sept. 26 mass at St. John's Collegeville campus. Members of a GLBT student group called PRiSM told the school newspaper The Record that the archbishop ordered them back to their seats.
A spokesman for the archdiocese says Nienstedt is traveling and could not be reached. He says it's church policy from the Vatican downward that people who publicly oppose church teaching shouldn't get communion.