Update as of 11/16: Barnsville Teen not Denied Confirmation
Two thumbs up for Fr. Gary LeMoine from Assumption Church in Barnesville, MN. He apparently delayed the Sacrament of Confirmation for a 17-year-old boy who posted this photo on Facebook.
The ignorant Huffington Post called the Sacrament a "rite of passage" and is attacking the priest, of course. But Confirmation is a lot more than that. It is the strengthening of our Baptismal promises to reject Satan and all his empty works and promises.
It is the duty of the parish priest to affirm that a candidate is ready for the Sacrament and prepared to fight for the faith. How could Fr. LeMoine, in good conscience, say that this young man is ready to defend his Catholic faith when he is publicly defending evil and showing that he either does not know the faith or rejects a particular doctrine (which is the definition of heresy). He is not doing God's work and is obviously proud of it. No matter how sincere he is (his faith may have been formed by cafeteria Catholic parents), he is sincerely wrong, and no priest worthy of the name disciple of Christ should let this young man receive Confirmation unless he repudiates his heretical belief, a belief he is publicly professing in this photo. Pray for his conversion and for his mom who proclaims her "shock." I wish I thought she was shocked by her son't behavior, but I suspect she was shocked that any priest would dare to say her child isn't ready to receive the sacrament. After all, these days we are supposed to be the Church of Nice where everyone can do whatever he wants and call it holy.
If you would like to send a message of support to Fr. LeMoine, and I urge you to do so, go here.