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New archbishop stands firm against communion for gay activists

Melbourne's newly-installed Archbishop Denis Hart was yesterday confronted by members of the gay Catholic Rainbow Sash movement demanding to receive Holy Communion.

The group was looking to Archbishop Hart for a more compromising stance toward gay Catholics than his predecessor, George Pell, who repeatedly refused to give Holy Communion to those presenting themselves as openly gay.

The ABC reports that Archbishop Hart said he has compassion for the group, but insisted he must follow the teachings of the Church on sexuality.

Michael Kelly from the Rainbow Sash movement said: "The church really needs a whole new approach to human sexuality and the treatment of gay and lesbian people in the Church has been descriminatory for too long."