Priest is way out of line at a funeral

March 3, 2012 at 2:21 am 2 comments

(Almost) Unbelievable.

She’s burying her own mother and this asshole is…unbelievable.  I refuse to believe the Jesus would deny communion to a member of the church, even if they are a sinner.  If this priest is denying sacraments to sinners, then he needs to deny communion to all sinners.  

A Maryland lesbian who was denied Communion by a Catholic priest while attending her mother’s funeral is speaking out about her experience.

“I approached [Father Marcel Guarnizo of Gaithersburg’s Saint John Neumann Catholic Church] to receive communion, and at that moment, he placed his hand over the bowl containing the Eucharist and looked into my eyes and said, ‘I cannot give you Communion because you live with a woman, and in the eyes of the church, that is a sin.'”

Johnson, 51, now says that Father Marcel also left the altar as she was delivering her eulogy.

Though Johnson has reached out via an email, the priest has yet to apologize.

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  • 1. neodecaussade  |  March 3, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Dear Go Earth,
    This is going to happen a lot more in the future. We had the 3rd Edition Missal that emboldened Bishops to deny holding hands during the Our Father at Mass. We have New Evangelization between now and October where Bishops have already used this program to clamp down on Theologians who do not kowtow to their demands. In October we will have the Year of Faith where the lay faithful will receive instruction on Church doctrine in order to bring back preconciliar discipline. I expect these types of stories will become more prevalent soon. I am certain that the priests’ Bishop stood behind him.

    God bless,

  • 2. Psilomelane  |  March 3, 2012 at 3:07 am

    No surprise at all really: if a church and so many of its officials have no qualms about hiding and lying about (and as a result, perpetuating) the physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children within their church, for generations, I can effortless visualize any given priest performing such an act of petty cruelty during a funeral.


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