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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Catholic Church Rolls Over

I had previously posted about a Catholic priest that had refused to offer communion to a lesbian. Rather than standing up for the morals and commandments that it supposedly teaches, the Catholic Church has suspended the priest. From the Huffington Post:
Rev. Marcel Guarnizo, the priest who denied a lesbian woman communion at her mother's funeral, has been withdrawn and placed on administrative leave.

Father Marcel Guarnizo, who until recently served at Gaithersburg's Saint John Neumann Catholic Church outside of Washington D.C., was reported to have covered the bowl containing the Eucharist as Barbara Johnson, who is a lesbian, approached him at her mother's funeral.

The priest is reported to have told her: “I cannot give you communion because you live with a woman and that is a sin according to the church."

The widely reported incident created a public outcry and Ms. Johnson received an apology from the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
The Archdiocese is claiming that the suspension is for other reasons, however. Yeah, right. It was only a coincidence that he was placed on administrative leave after the issue made headlines, and the Archdiocese apologized for a decision (the denial of communion) that is supposedly at the discretion of the priest.

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