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A Catholic church in Florida is asking the city for permission to start selling booze


A Catholic church in Milton, Florida wants to "opt out" of rules banning alcohol in and around their buildings.

Currently, a city ordinance prohibits sales or consumption of alcohol within 500 feet of a church. The only exception is for sacramental purposes.

Monsignor Michael Reed of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church asked the council to consider changing the ordinance. He told our affiliate WEAR TV he brought it up after telling parishioners "no" on events like a ladies wine and cheese social.

Monsignor Reed said the church has no intention of large-scale alcohol sales. But they want to allow alcohol for events like wedding receptions, anniversary parties or outdoor festivals.

The monsignor said alcohol in moderation is compatible with family parish events. He points out that Jesus changed water into wine as his first miracle.

Monsignor Reed continued, "References to wine and living are throughout the Psalms and in the Bible of the Old Testament and even the New, so we just want to be able to do some parish family events where this is possible."

Tuesday night the council has the option of reviewing the proposal and asking for changes or moving forward with a vote. If they vote to approve the changes, a final vote would still be needed in October.

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