Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:28 pm

What? You’re a bunch of child-rapists? No problem! Communion for everybody!

Jesus literally wept:

Deep in grief, Barbara Johnson stood first in the line for Communion at her mother’s funeral Saturday morning. But the priest in front of her immediately made it clear that she would not receive the sacramental bread and wine.

Johnson, an art-studio owner from the District, had come to St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg with her lesbian partner. The Rev. Marcel Guarnizo had learned of their relationship just before the service.

“He put his hand over the body of Christ and looked at me and said, ‘I can’t give you Communion because you live with a woman, and in the eyes of the church, that is a sin,’ ” she recalled Tuesday.

She reacted with stunned silence. Her anger and outrage have now led her and members of her family to demand that Guarnizo be removed from his ministry.

Family members said the priest left the altar while Johnson, 51, was delivering a eulogy and did not attend the burial or find another priest to be there.

And this is the church that Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich want to use as the basis for telling the rest of us how to live, which is unconstitutional in both their cases and, in Newt’s case, is just cranium-explodingly hypocritical besides.

And let me tell you, Barbara Johnson, who pledged to pray for Guarnizo even as she seeks his removal from the pastorate, is a better Christian than I would have been in those circumstances.


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