March 14, 2012 6:54 PM
Priest who denied lesbian Eucharist defends himselfHere's a story that played right into the rampant anti-Catholicism of our media, still chewing on the bones of the story of the poor Georgetown co-ed and her anonymous friends who were denied birth control, costing them either $1000/year and or putting their lives at risk. That's according to the MSM, who fail to note the "coed is a 30-year-old professional political activist who admitted she chose Georgetown to challenge this policy, and whose testimony was all hearsay - but that's another story.
Fortunately, the MSM had another anti-Catholic story to pounce on. The lesbian in question has had her say and it has been broadcast far and wide. Thank God, the villain in her story - a Catholic priest named Fr. Marcel Guarnizo - has been given permission to tell the story from his perspective.
I'm inclined to believe and sympathize with him. And I wish more priests had the courage to do what he did, but you can see the price they have to pay:
March 14, 2012
SPECIAL REPORT: Fr. Marcel Guarnizo Defends Himself Against AccusersMany Crisis readers are concerned at the reports that have begun to emerge regarding Fr. Marcel Guarnizo's denial of Communion to the alleged Lesbian Barbara Johnson and the subsequent loss of his priestly faculties upon the authority of Cardinal Wuerl and communicated through a letter by Bishop Knestout, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.. Crisis has been granted permission by Fr. Marcel Guarnizo to publish his account of the event in the hopes that this may help Catholics discern with charity what has happened.
Fr. Marcel Guarnizo's Statement of March 14, 2012:
I would like to begin by once again sending my condolences to the Johnson family on the death of Mrs. Loetta Johnson.
I also feel obliged to answer questions from my parishioners, as well as from the public, about the incident on February 25th.
Here are the facts: On Saturday February 25th I showed up to officiate at a funeral Mass for Mrs. Loetta Johnson. The arrangements for the Mass were also not my own. I wish to clarify that Ms. Barbara Johnson (the woman who has since complained to the press), has never been a parishioner of mine. In fact I had never met her or her family until that morning.
The funeral celebration was to commence at 10:30a.m. From 9:30 to 10:20, I was assigned to hear confessions for the parish and anyone in the funeral party who would have chosen to receive the sacrament.
A few minutes before the Mass began, Ms. Johnson came into the sacristy with another woman whom she announced as her "lover". Her revelation was completely unsolicited. As I attempted to follow Ms.Johnson, her lover stood in our narrow sacristy physically blocking my pathway to the door. I politely asked her to move and she refused.
I understand and agree it is the policy of the Archdiocese to assume good faith when a Catholic presents himself for communion; like most priests I am not at all eager to withhold communion. But the ideal cannot always be achieved in life.Read more at Crisis
I am not a Catholic.
But I do know that Catholics believe Jesus is present body and soul in the consecrated bread. This means (if one so believes--and I would expect a priest to believe the teachings of his Church) that Jesus is truly united in the flesh with those who take communion, and the priests have the heavy responsibility of ensuring that the very body of Christ is not given out to those who are not worthy (for instance, those living in sin without repentance). The Church ought to be disciplining not those who deny communion to a known sinner, bu t those priests who care more about their social position (or even the Church's) than about protecting the precious body of Christ in a position even more helpless than that of a newborn baby.
Again, I know that non-Roman-Catholic Christians, for the most part, do not believe this, and so to those of us who do not, denying communion just seems like a slap in the face, a social affront (which is probably what most who read this story see, whether unbelievers or non-Roman-Catholic Christians). But when one realizes that for Catholics, this issue is about protecting the very person of Jesus Christ, one can see that the issue of denying communion is a very important one indeed to those who believe this.
Posted by: Jessi | March 15, 2012 8:21 AM
Thank you, Jessi. Well said.
Posted by: Sue from Buffalo | March 15, 2012 9:44 AM