On September 7, a Connecticut priest caused quite a stir by performing a reading at his gay cousin’s wedding ceremony.

Though the Reverend Michael DeVito did not perform the ceremony, his role has fueled harsh words from the Archbishop Mansell and caused a controversy within the Catholic community, according to a report from Examiner.Com.

The Archbishop and the Catholic community feel DeVito’s attendance and reading at the ceremony endorses same sex marriage, which does not fall in line with the belief structure of the Church.

DeVito was rebuked by the Archbishop, and he was informed that the penalty would remain his permanent record as a priest. DeVito will face further punishment by his diocese. The penalty details have not been released to the public.

Reverand DeVito states that in the future, he will neither support gay marriage nor participate in same sex marriage ceremonies.