Update: Priest Walks Out Of Woman’s Funeral Because Of Her Gay Daughter

This weekend Addicting Info broke the story of Barbara Johnson being denied communion by Father Marcel Guarnizo at her mother’s funeral. Outcry from the public was swift and powerful. The Archdiocese of Washington has released the following statement:

Press release from the Archdiocese of Washington.

“In matters of faith and morals, the Church has the responsibility of teaching and of bringing the light of the Gospel message to the circumstances of our day. When questions arise about whether or not an individual should present themselves for communion, it is not the policy of the Archdiocese of Washington to publicly reprimand the person. Any …issues regarding the suitability of an individual to receive communion should be addressed by the priest with that person in a private, pastoral setting.

The archdiocese is looking into the incident at a funeral Mass that was celebrated by Fr. Marcel Guarnizo and will handle this as a personnel issue.”

Brie Hall
Communications Manager
Archdiocese of Washington

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