Md. Woman: Priest Refused To Give Me Communion Because I’m Gay

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJZ) — A Maryland woman says a priest refused her communion during her mother’s funeral. She alleges the priest had an issue with her sexual orientation.

Mary Bubala has more.

“I was stunned,” said Barbara Johnson.

It’s been an extremely difficult week for Barbara Johnson, perhaps the most difficult week of her life.

“I feel very sad,” Johnson said.

It all started on Saturday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, where friends and family had gathered to say goodbye to Johnson’s mother, who died last week after a brief illness.

“I was in the first pew, in the first seat next to my mother’s coffin,” Johnson said.

Just a few minutes before the funeral began, Father Marcel Guarzino, who was presiding over the service, apparently learned that Johnson was involved in a romantic relationship with another woman.

“I am a lesbian,” she said.

A lifelong Catholic and former Catholic school teacher, she says she hadn’t even considered that her sexual orientation would be a problem with Father Marcel until she stepped forward to take communion.

“He said, `I cannot give you communion because you live with a woman,'” she said.

Though shaken by Father Marcel’s actions, Johnson says she tried to compose herself to give her mother the dignified funeral she deserved. A few minutes later, she began her eulogy.

“At which time, Father Marcel left the altar and didn’t return until I finished my eulogy,” Johnson said.

According to Johnson, the story gets even worse. After first refusing to give her communion and then walking off the altar when she was giving her eulogy, Father Marcel refused to accompany Johnson and her mother’s body to the cemetery in Aspen Hill. Instead, she was told that Father Marcel had suddenly become ill.

“No other family should have to suffer what we did from this man,” Johnson said.

In a written statement, the Archdiocese of Washington conceded that Father Marcel acted improperly, saying, “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.”

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  • Kay

    That’s just sad. The Catholic church can ignore what their own do behind closed doors, but not others? Although Fred S, you do have a point there! But very inappropriate at her own mother’s funeral.

    • BillyBobx

      She chose to ive the life of a sexual pervert and the Catholic church refused to change their morals to accomodate her sexual perversions.

      • American Patriot

        Just dead would be fine.

      • David

        regardless of which ‘sins’ a person has committed, they should not be refused by the church. The priest has no right whatsoever to refuse someone who accepts Jesus, even if they are in the midst of what the church would consider a sin. and if they can let a child molesting priest continue to be a priest, then they’re just a bunch of hypocrites a**holes

      • Nathan Sear

        You can call something a moral but that doesn’t make it a moral. A real moral has to have justified reason, and there no justified reason to condemn someone because of their sexual preference at any point in time, and least of all when they’re in mourning and burying their own mother.

      • jh

        how, dewfuss, is morally void to stick to your morals?

      • Nathan Sear

        Better to be sexually perverted than morally void, I suppose. ;-)

      • Jerry

        Dead on !

      • Say what

        Looks like the next contestant for the biggest loser.What a beast.

      • CJ

        Well, the Catholic Church should know about perverts, shouldn’t they?

      • SoldierofObama

        The Priest deserves a cold one, on me. Let the sexual deviants continue to claim that they are “normal”, when in fact they are very ill and in desparate need of treatment under the DSM-II.

    • Charlie

      Why would she expect communion. It’s not about her and her narcissist hedonistic lifestyle. Her mother was given a Christian burial by the Church. This woman excommunicated herself. She is no longer entitled to Communion.


      • Hugh (Bart) Vincelette

        Sir, your knowledge of the Codex Juris Canonici (the Code of Canon Law)is absent, totally. It is absolutely mind numbing; that so many comments on the Internet are supposedly in defense of the priest, whose actions have been & will continue to be; condemned by leaders appointed by the Successor of Peter, in Rome. We call them bishops/archbishops. Theologically, sociologically, & scientifically; her imprinting of the chemistry of human love is not by any means; hedonistic nor narcissistic. I’d suggest you brush up on the teachings of the Prince of Peace, & various papal encyclicals.The fault herein lies with a man who has defiled the Church & the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

    • TeaRunner

      Somehow, I doubt she’s set foot in a church since long before she went gay. This would already be dealt with instead of forcing the issue at a funeral. She expected the church to bend to her lifestyle. It doesn’t work that way. The church encourages you to leave before something like this happens. Her choice, her shame. Don’t like it, don’t become a Catholic.

      Not everyone is required to accept to you no matter how many tantrums you throw.

    • TJ Johnson

      Actually, what happened behind closed doors happened (primarily) with hom-o-sexual priests.
      Good for the church. I may start attending again.

      • Jed

        Wrong. What happened behind closed doors were re-assigning priests to different cities, states, and countries to shield the church from being accountable.

    • LOLiberal

      Why would a gay buddhist want to receive Communion anyway. The Priest denied her because she was open about her gay sin and her rejection of Jesus Christ…he did the right thing.

    • john

      I do understand that what you might do in a third world in different then the first world. When my wife was in grad school and we were about to be married she approached a Catholic church in the center of town and as a student they addressed her as transient, not part of their community and sent her else where. It was the last day we were Catholic. They may feel they win a particular battle this way but make themselves irrelevant and will lose the war with this behavior over birth control, gays ,abortion. Like the Mayan who built great edifices , now are in the dust boles of history.

    • TVrebel

      That’s just sad. The Catholic church can ignore what their own do behind closed doors, but not others? Although Fred S, you do have a point there! But very inappropriate at her own mother’s funeral.

      Kay, the church does not ignore what is happening, and by your standereds all public schools should stop ignoring what goes on behind close doors. After all public school teachers out did the Catholic Church by 2 to 1 when it comes to child molestation. Look in your own back yard.

      • Jed

        Weary– no one could deny that pedophiles pollute good institutions– YMCA, Boy Scouts, Public Schools, Protestant Churches… the difference between these institutions and the Catholic Church is that they lack the institutional structure to hide these crimes. Changing names of priests, moving them to different diocese, different states, different countries– this is the proven preferred pathway of dealing with these criminals, hiding the crime, shunning Christ’s teachings of accountability and transparency. All by putting the Catholic Church before their Christian faith. We are all weary,

      • Catholic Guy

        @B Young Agreed she is the one exposing herself here. It looks like a case of “Look at me” syndrome

      • B Young

        When are the lies about priests and pedophilia being ignored going to end? More children are molested by protestant youth ministers every year than were molested by al the priests that were accused. That is supported by even the anti-Catholic NYT, so look it up. The fact that some GAY Catholic priests decided to molest boys does not remove the Church from a responsibillity to point out when people are sinning, including those priests and every Catholic who asks for Communion. It would seem that until she told the press, no one else knew about it, including those who were around her. I thnk that means she wasn’t embarrassed until she decided to make a big deal out of it, which hte priest did not do.

      • Weary of This Tired Argument

        Are you a practicing Catholic? If not, you have nothing valid to add. The priest sex scandal was bad, but only a tiny fraction of what it is in other youth-contacting professions, such as teachers, ministers and counselors. You can’t say that the Catholic Church can no longer enforce the teachings of Christ because there are sinners in its ranks. We’re all sinners. That’s why we need Christ and His Church in the first place.

    • Norman

      The Catholic Church teaches that their very own clergy are going to suffer more for their sins than non-clergy and I also heard of a priest stating that the road to hell is paved with the skulls of fallen priests…. How exactly are we ignoring wrong doing? (also, please note we believe in eternal suffering and that people decide their own fate but that God wants you in heaven)

      What the priest was doing from a biblical standpoint is saving her soul by not letting her ingest her own condemnation (1 Corinthians 11:29 specicially warns against taking the bread unworthily… if you’re going to ask what makes you worthy, technically nothing but what makes you worhty enough is confession, i.e. having your sins forgiven before you ingest the bread, that way you’re not defacing God by putting his holy presence into your sinful state- pretty sure that’s what God wants you to avoid and why those ‘rules’ exist.

      I agree with you that the timing was off (really on both parties), but if the priest didn’t do that, he’d have to explain how and why he’d let one of God’s children ingest their own condemnation like that to God himself, maybe he didn’t want to say “well I disagreed but it was only for a short time during a ceremony, plus I didn’t want to make a scene so it’s ok right?”; Would you accept this answer if a priest stopped your child from drinking what you identified as them being allergic to, even if they wanted it?

    • TakeNoBull

      Kay it may be inappropriate as to PC. But your going to heaven or hell is not based on PC.

    • Another Pilgrim

      This isn’t just a Catholic thing. The Bible is pretty straight forward about who is and who isn’t to receive communion. The whole pedophilia angle is irreverent to the discussion. Paul explains to us the importance of observing communion reverently, 1 Corinthians 11:27-32. Since she is a Catholic she knows the Church’s view of her lifestyle. She should have respected the rite and opted out. At least that is my opinion

      • Navymum

        You are right. I am sure we will never here the full story and that this woman knew exactly what she was doing. She just wanted her 5 minutes of fame. She got it attacking a Catholic priest.

      • Lex

        This is ridiculous!! Good thing she wasn’t in Iran or some other Muslim country, She would be dragged out and beheaded in front of all for being gay. This is America, the Constitution protects her freedom of choice here. “To each his/her own” is what I say. The Constitution also protects the Churchs religious freedom and does not say that the Church must change its rules for anyone. Does she think that by changing those rules she gets into heaven? We cannot change the word of God.

      • Jenna

        She wasn’t even Catholic, she was Buddist. but since she was raised Catholic, she KNEW that she ought not recieve communion, but she wentup there anyways to trap the priest in politics. If he gives it to her, the Church is inconsistent and she dissuades a bunch of Catholics. If he doesn’t, it’s discrimination. What’s iffy for me is which side he should have chosen.

    • J

      PLEASE READ THIS! The news always shows us what they want us to see. Read this post in this link and take that into consideration!

  • Tomas Agent

    This sure doesn’t sound like anything Jesus would do..Despicable behavior by the priest…I will never step foot in a Catholic church again

    • Gabrielle

      One action by one priest and you’d change your religious faith? Really!?

    • bob_builder

      The Church will be better off without you.

    • jordan

      And how often do you set foot in a catholic church anyway…honestly?

    • william

      Obvioulsy Tomas doesn’t have a clue about “what Jesus would do.” Yeah, he forgave the woman taken in adultery. BUT ONLY ON THE CONDITION THAT SHE STOP DOING IT! was the sodomite going to cahnge her ways?

      • Rob Czeranko

        Actually, Jesus never forgave the adulterous woman. He told her to go on her way and to to sin no more. In addition, she never asked for forgiveness.
        The priest did what was required of him according to his rules. It was his call and his alone. While it may seen tragic that it happend at this woman’s mother’s funeral, that has no bearing on this situation.
        Indeed, the Pope has stated that if you are in office and vote for abortion legislation, then you cannot receive communion.

    • J

      just because of one priest does something controversial you are not going to a Catholic Church ever again?

      • dave martin


      • TakeNoBull

        J its only controversial with those who choose to sin and be sinners.

      • vvvL

        Thousands of priests have molested millions over the years. There is your reason. They are the degenerates and a cult.

      • Max

        The same percentage of priests have been accused of sexual abuse as every other profession save one, government, i.e. public, school teachers, where it is much higher.

    • norke01

      sounds like you were never going in the first place, so you won’t be missed.

    • Defeat Liberals

      I doubt that you ever have.

    • Old and in the Way

      Tomas Agent, if you were REALLY a Catholic, this wouldn’t have been any surprise. That you are gay is not a sin. That you act on your gay feelings is the sin. That you are a pedophile is not a sin. That you act on your pedophile feelings is the sin. That your are an alcoholic is not a sin. That you act on your alcoholic feelings is the sin. We all have tendencies that must be controlled, that is the human condition. This woman, if she was indeed raised Catholic and taught CCD, would hav eknown that she was not in communion with the church.

      • American Patriot

        Is heaven going to be packed with idiots like you?

    • Mark

      Yeah Right. Like you actually are catholic.

    • SeanKD

      Show me one place in the Bible where Jesus ever condoned sin and blessed it. Until then, kindly keep your mouth shut about what Jesus would or would not do. As for not setting foot in a Catholic church, I think you and the the Catholic Church will both be happy with your decision.

    • catie

      Tomas, you’re so dramatic

    • larry

      Doesn’t sound like you’ve spent much time in church anyhow. Jesus would have forgiven her and told her to sin no more.

    • stevez

      You shouldn’t if that is what you believe. Because, by definition, you are then, not a Catholic.

    • Jerry

      Maybe??? the Catholics wouldn’t want you to there Tomas???

    • Another Pilgrim

      I’m pretty certain that you don’t know what Jesus would do in this situation. He stood opposed to religious legalism but he also was very strict about maintaining a reverent attitude in a house of worship.

    • Bruce G

      If you are Catholic, the priest’s action shouldn’t surprise you. If you’re not Catholic (most likely), keep attending the church of your choice. The “Church of I’m OK, You’re OK” is out there for everyone. It just matters what God wants of us.

      Can’t say I really know, but I’m pretty sure we are all a serious disappointment to Him.

    • Dan

      SO Tomas, how many times have you EVER step foot in a Catholic Church before?

      Who care how someone else behaves? We must focus on our own eternal salvation. Think about our own personal judgement before God and his disposition of our immortal soul.

    • Weber

      I would be refused communion for having STRAIGHT SEX, because of the fact i am not married. You can not recieve the host with mortal sin on your soul. and the only way to get rid of mortal sin is to confess with the promise of never committing that sin again. Also if you are not catholic you can not recieve communion in the catholic church! You can not expect a religion to change its traditions and beliefs because everyone else gets their feelings hurt. So
      Tomas make sure you know about the subject before bashing an entire religion. Jesus gave his body and blood to his disciples in the last supper, and if you know anything about the bible you would know that those men chose to follow Jesus and the words of his Father. This woman clearly is not taking that path so she should not have attempted to recieve the body and blood of the lord.

  • Charlie

    Why should the Church let her receive Communion, when she is not following the laws of the Church and God…

    • javier

      Because Jesus would not do that! and he is the one who must be follow.

      • Nuke

        Would this be the same Jesus that tipped over the moneychangers’ tables in the house of God? What would Jesus do in that situat….wait, never mind.

      • Francisco

        Sure he would, you just haven’t read your bible much. There are more then enough examples in the bible of what Jesus himself said he will do to people who die in a state of mortal sin. If you are Catholic, there is more than enough Church authority plus other holy scriputes to back the bible passages and interpretation. Get over it.

    • Hank

      Why would the church be so evil as to abuse a woman at her mother’s funeral, and why would YOU be so bitter as to support the act ? Shame on you

      • bob_builder

        You bend to the will of the Chuch, NOT the other way around.

      • Francisco

        Pete, are you catholic and still ask that stupid question? I’m catholic and have not exactly been a good boy most of my life but I know the rules. So to answer your stupid question, YES I go to confession before I receive the eucharist, period. I’ve commited enough mortal sins. Honestly, it didn’t happen much (going to mass that is) before I settled down and gave up on my wild and dangerous ways. Even at my worst, the few times I got dragged into a mass I would never take communion becasue I knew I was in state of mortal sin. What so hard to understand for you? Are you too weak to take responsibility for your own actions and love to play the victim? Grow up.

      • J

        It is against the Church to be be in a relationship with someone other then the opposite sex. I think the priest is right in what he did but should have been more respectful to her and her family. Also he was right to walk out on the eulogy because you are not suppose to have one during Mass.

      • Old and in the Way

        Hank, you don’t have a clue. Should the priest give Holy Communion to a muslim? That would be “No”. This gay lady is NOT a practicing Catholic and therefore, regardless of the event, CANNOT receive Holy Communion.
        Neither can YOU, Hank!!!

      • Pete

        Dave Martin, you’re moron. we are all sinners. Are you telling me you go to confession each time before you recieve communion???

      • American Patriot

        What do expect from a hate based organization that has been extorting money from widows and raping children for two thousand years? You’re surprised?

      • chris

        The answer is YES. You should go to confession often and you should be clean of sin before you receive the eucharist. If you are not clean of sin, then you participate in all other parts of the Mass but you cannot/should not receive the eucharist.

      • norke01

        Pete – get yourself back to CCD! You cannot receive the eucharist in a state of MORTAL sin (which includes sexual sins). If you commit sexual sins daily, then yes, you need daily confession, otherwise once a month should suffice.

      • norke01

        because the woman is evil enough to commit adultery daily, and she is shameless and unrepentant about it.

      • dave martin

        moron it is the eucharist…not communion…you must be clean of SIN to recieve…what don’tyou UNDERSTAND

      • denihie heath

        you hit it right on the head Dave

  • J J

    moral of story- both sides ignorant in memorial!
    Why be catholic if you are gay??? You are just self loathing if you are.
    And do we really expect a priest, who has vowed not to have sex (except maybe with small boys) to be anything like a kind, caring, tolerant, empathetic, accomodating, intelligent individual??? hardly!

    • Guest

      Why be Catholic if you masturbate? You are just self-loathing if you are.

      • Dave

        True. In fact, an old expression for masturbation was “self abuse”.

    • norke01

      JJ – your disrespect for priests is not doing you any favors…suggest you take that back or you’ll regret it on judgement day.

      • Bryan Grossman

        “suggest you take it back”.. LOL… that is funny!! I didn’t know your god allowed that. I assume that JJ doesn’t believe in this deity so his giving that comment will hardly phase him. As well as the implied threat from this god on your so called Judgment day.

  • Nevaeh Little

    hmph another priest who thinks loving who u want is wrong and to do it during her poor mothers funeral that’s unforgivable i hope they discipline the man for what he did


      The priest acted honorably. Although the church believes in forgiveness and redemption you need to ask for forgiveness and acknowledge your sins. This is their belief system. I admire it. (This from a agnostic by the way.)


      It is not the PRIEST who “thinks loving who u want is wrong”, it is JESUS CHRIST who set the rules for the church. Perhaps you should read them. Romans 1:22-32.
      1Corinthians 6:9,

      • Guest

        Jesus Christ didn’t write Romans or Corinthians.

      • Max

        God the Holy Spirit wrote Romans and Corinthians which means in fact it was written by the Triune God, i.e. God the Father and also the Son as well.

    • BillyBobx

      sexual perversion is against Catholic doctrine. What part of the do you not get?

  • fred

    The pope and his crew live in a guilded city of gold, marble and velvet while innocent children die from hunger and disease.You are not the one who needs to seek forgiveness from God Ms. Johnson, it’s the Catholic church that needs the reaming from the Big Guy.

    • bob_builder

      You have serious issues and are wrong. Check FACTS before flaming.

    • norke01

      you’re the one headed for a serious reaming fred

    • jordan

      Actually, if you want to be biblical about it Fred, it’s all of us that need to seek forgiveness from God. That includes you, Ms. Johnson, and the priest.


        Amen to that!

    • concerned citizen

      Amen brother.

  • mth

    There is so much I could say, but I wonder….. what was fr Marcel really afraid of?

  • Jay

    Utterly ridiculous and sad! As a Catholic I find it unbelievable how the church continues to take this stance while priests are abusing boys.

    • smoot27

      Two wrongs never makes a right. Do you expect the Catholic Church to change its dogma because a few priests committed heinous acts? It’s also funny that the ‘party of tolerance and diversity’ paints an individual group with such a large sterotypical brush when they would cringe at a GOP’er doing the same towards a minority group. Liberals – tolerant to everyone except the Conservatives and the religious.

      • Chloe

        A FEW PRIESTS????????? You got to be kidding me. You cannot be that naieve. The Catholic Church and their man-made dogma is archaic.

    • smoot27

      You are as much of a Catholic as Nancy Pelosi is. The Catholic Church will not change to accomodate your views so you might as well quit attending just because your parents did.

      • smoot27

        Chloe – It would help if you learned how to spell before formulating an argument. Yes, the percentage of priests committing these crimes is very small. To argue otherwise is utter ignorance.

  • Sharon

    Wrong is wrong re-godless who it is… Put Father Marcel was right . My hat off to you father. I pray that Jesus keep you strong It is here, Now today when they say, right is wrong and wrong is right.GOD HAVE MARCE .

  • Working Poor

    I’m all for gay rights, and I’m all for gay marriage, but just as I believe that the religious fanatics have no right to prevent gays from being married; I also don’t feel it’s appropriate to use the government to force a religion to change its views.

    My condolences to the woman for her loss, and I think that this priest was a little too extreme and unbecoming of someone who is supposed to be compassionate for a living, but separation of church and state is separation of church and state, you can’t have it both ways.

    • Brad

      You nailed it! I wish more people understood the issues like you do

    • Catholic Guy

      It is sad that she is painted as intentionally hurt by the correct and expected actions of Father Marcel.
      The story in no way says that Father Marcel was mean when he withheld communion with the Catholic church from her for not complying with the doctrine of the Catholic church. So what? she isn’t eligible and the Father says I’m sorry but I can’t give you this. big deal she should have known if as she says she taught sunday school. Next!

    • Max

      If two men can “marry” each other, then so can 3 men, or 15. It also means a man can marry his own son, or daughter, or both. If the meaning of marriage”can be changed to mean something it never has in all of recorded human history, then it can be changed to mean anything at all, and that means that in fact it has no meaning whatsoever.

    • smoot27

      It’s nice to see a few liberals with a solid grasp on reality.

    • Jamie Phelps

      I’m pretty sure it was mostly the fact that he did in front of everyone at the funeral that upset her the most. That was not the time and place to do that. He needed to speak to her about that in private before the funeral.

      • Diane

        According to what I’ve read on the blogs, Ms. Johnson went up to Fr. Guarnizo before the Mass began, and introduced her “lover” to him. He informed her that she should not present herself for Communion — Ms. Johnson left the sacristy, and her “lover” physically blocked Fr. Guarnizo from following her when he tried to. Then, when Ms. Johnson approached him for Communion, he very quietly covered the Sacrament and whispered to her that he could not give it to her. So quietly that when she stepped aside into the neighboring line for Communion from a layperson, she received it. Fr. G. is prone to migraines, and developed one, so he arranged for another priest to take his place. But Ms. J. milks this situation for far more than it’s worth, and I wonder about her bona fides.

  • Gabby

    How many people that go to church actually follow the laws of the church? I know 3 out of hundreds………… What qualifies you to be discriminated against. You can be a theif, molester, gambler, and comit adultry…….BUT GOD FORBID your Gay…

    • Troy

      My church follows strictly. I know, I committed adultery, confessed it and I am now working back through repentance, forgiveness, and trust not only with God, but with and at my church. My sin has me in the same situation as this woman, and I deserve it.

      I will never commit that sin again. It horrifies me that I did and I heartily wish I could undo the damage my sin created.

      Everyone is not a hypocrite.

    • Charlie

      I’m sorry but you exhibit a large dissonance here. People who hypocritically go to church without following the laws of the church they attend? Is that your statement? What does hypocrites have to do with a Priest refusing Communion to a sodomite? Moral relativism at it’s most repugnant. I bet you vote also.


    • Sharon

      The end is not yet here so we still have time to pray for mercy. Because going to church means nothing if you don’t have the sprite of Christ. Molester, adultery,fornication,. ext. ALL IS SIN Let every man (male) have his own wife (female) ,and let every woman (female) have her own husband (male).

      • J

        Thank you Sharon!

      • Brad

        If you drink the Sprite of Christ you don’t live forever .. you just have to go get him another Sprite. Sprite should change their motto — Sprite of Christ – OBEY YOUR LORD. lol

      • JWS

        I tried not to laugh at this thread…

      • norke01


      • Hank

        “Sprite of Christ” ? I’ll have a Dr. Pepper

      • mth

        ANOTHER eloquent commentary… the sprite of Christ…

    • HongKongCharlie

      Gabby it appears you are missing the point here. By your own admission the fallen are indeed going to church. We call this hypocritical behavior. The does not know of this. Life goes on. These people are damning themselves. This gal is damming herself but expects the Church to be okay with it. Maybe had the priest not know of her behavior she would have been allowed to self damn, as it were.


  • Me

    It was her mothers funeral. She was there b/c of her mother. I was raised catholic & it absolutely amazes me how week after week all you seem to hear are the notorious actions from priests, but yet so many people of the catholic religion feel they’re so much better then everyone else. Who are they to judge and put people down for who they are? How can you possibly be living by gods word & being so mean at the same time? I can only shake my head at the ignorance & fear with in the catholic religion.

    • Bel Air Girl

      “…so many people of the catholic religion feel they’re so much better then (sic) everyone else.” ?? Talk about making a generalized, blanket statement regarding a group of people! If you said that about a different group of people (other than Catholics) you’d be verbally attacked & labeled as a biggot or a racist! But because your inflammatory statement was regarding Catholics, it is TOTALLY acceptable to BASH THEM. Your comment was hurtful…and typical.

      • Ronnie Van Zant

        Right on, Bel Air Girl. That’s liberal logic for you. Hypocrites!

    • norke01

      Then she should have respected her mother by obeying Church law and abstaining from communion. She is the one who dis-honored her mother, not the priest.

  • Leslie

    Let me get this straight. After my being a Catholic my entire life and watching known (as in known to the priest) sinners of all stripes being given communion – the divorced, liars, abortion receivers, former felons, and on and on – they decide to zero in on one “sin” and deny communion to them? What about the rest of the real sinners- why are they still given communion?! Sick!

    • catie

      Leslie, according to the story he asked her if she was going to leave her sinful life and she refused. Divorced, liars, and post abortion women may have asked for forgiveness before receiving, you dont know. Catholicism is very clear if you have a conflict with it 2,000 Christian denominations are formed every week. Pick one that floats your boat

    • norke01

      how do you know what this priest’s track record is, fool? be silent until you do.

  • Leslie

    Also, that priest is a LIAR. He claimed he had fallen ill and could not preside over the burial. That’s bs. He should be let go, if not HE should be unable to give or receive communion on the basis that he is a sinner – a LIAR!

    • catie

      Wow Leslie, you sound angry, sounds like you need to work on your own issues


      just like you?

    • Jme

      How do you know he lied? Secondly ANY MORTAL (Serious) sin the priest would be aware of and know that they have not confessed it would be a reason not to give out the BODY AND BLOOD OUR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR (The Eucharist) anyone—no matter what. The woman needs to educate her self more on her Catholic Faith and she would realize she is hurting the GOD by trying to recieve in a state of Mortal sin. Thank you Father for watching out for HER soul and not letting her commit another Mortal sin. (The Eucharist). The woman needs our prayers for her eyes to be opened TRUTH and for her to repent.

    • Alexius Comnenus

      You must be a lebsian/gay advocate. Good for you. Your words speaks God’s mind!

  • Ratz

    This was a funeral for her mother. Since her daughter was gay, then so be it. that has nothing to do with her burying her mother. time for a new priest in that parish. I was born and raised catholic. After 50 years if me being on this earth, it is no longer a religion to belong to.

    • norke01

      if that’s all you know after 50 year being a “catholic”, I feel bad for you.

  • Deb

    I guess we just make things up as we go along, like everything else that is happening in the world.

    • norke01

      no, the Catholic church has not changed in 2000 years…the rest of the world makes it up as they go along.

      • Bryan Grossman

        LOL this comment made me laugh!!! You obviously have no clue about the history of your own church. Of course it has change over the 2000 years it has existed…. you are a fool to think it hasn’t..

  • Deb

    CHANGE, yeah it’s happening a bit too fast. The priest should have given her communion, I agree. It is her that has to answer, along with everyone else in the world. Doesn’t matter what you believe in as long as you know the history of the religion. Maybe they will start an LGBT religion.

  • whatnow

    if it is against his religion, then he was in the right. No where in the article is he accused of being a pedophile so that is not a valid counterpoint. I have a friend who was divorced, not annulled, and she cannot receive communiun. It is the catholic doctrine. If you don’t like it, move on. The whole church should not have to change for one women. To me, she disrespects her mother’s wishes by taking this to the press.

  • Nicole

    If someone has an obvious sin in their life, then why should they be allowed to take communion? My pastor at church makes sure he stresses to us before we take communion that you need to be sure to be saved and confess your sins to God first. It is not something to be taken lightly. That’s like allowing someone who is drunk or high at the time take communion. I’m not saying that we don’t all sin at times….no one is perfect. But, that is a very sacred moment and if the priest decided not to allow her to take it, I believe he was correct. And, just because some catholic priests were pedophiles, that doesn’t mean they all are. Come on! Everyone always says the same thing. That’s just like the preachers on TV who have been in the spotlight in the past for doing so many wrong things. Does that mean they are all that way? NO! I understand that the catholic religion has covered things up and it’s understandable to be upset about it but why act like every priest is the same way? I always give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he did become ill after the funeral at the church. Has no one else ever gotten ill in an instant? I know I have. It just happened to my daughter this morning. She was fine and then she ran upstairs to vomit.

  • Mary

    This was not a same sex marriage ceremony which the Catholic Church is against but for crying out loud, this woman is catholic and she wanted to receive communion and give her mom a dignified funeral…….this priest should be fired. I am catholic and I can see why I have lost interest in the Catholic religion. I can see the church not honoring same sex ceremonies but this action by the priest has gone too far.

    • norke01

      you’re obviously not a practicing Catholic if you don’t know that receiving communion in a state of mortal sin is itself another mortal sin…the priest was helping her avoid sinking deeper into sin. And fyi, priests don’t get “fired” – they are priests for life.

  • #&*)?

    With the passage of the new bill we should have seen this coming.The funeral was the wrong place for this woman to push her agenda.

    • Darnel

      The next step this priest needs to take is to have a come to Jesus meeting with his flock and require that those good Catholics that voted for the Abortionist in chief Obama,admit doing so and then confess that sin!!! This has been done in a number of southern Catholic Parishes!

    • D King

      Push her agenda? She was attending her mother’s funeral and participating in the the customary Catholic rituals. The fact that she is gay had absolutely nothing to do with anything until the priest made it an issue by pushing HIS agenda. I don’t know what the heck you’re talking about.

      • Patriot001

        You are clueless pal. She is living clearly in a scandalous situation. The priest has an obligation to refuse her Communion…not accommodate her perversion…based on your personal feelings. No wonder we’re falling apart as a culture.

      • norke01

        HIS “agenda” is following church law!!

      • D King

        You’re right Patriot, I admit I don’t have a clue. I left the catholic church at a young age and I don’t really remember the dogma involved with being catholic. My original comment was from a totally different point of view. After reading many of these comments, I’m reminded of what it means to be catholic and why I left that church.

  • Swannie

    Taking communion is at any time a matter of personal choice. If you are “in sin” and take communion you take that up with YOUR OWN PRIEST IN CONFESSION . This priest was in error of his own laws of his own church and is guilty of abuse . I would sue .

    • norke01

      if the priest KNOWS you are “in sin”, he is OBLIGED to deny you communion, to help you avoid compounding that sin with another sin of sacrilege! Get educated!!

    • JS

      Swannie you are very ignorant and obviously have no idea how the Catholic Church works. The priest did exactly what Church rules say, and your sue happy attitude is why this country is running down the tubes! Next time do some research before you open your dimwitted mouth!

  • blame riot

    So the mother is denied a proper church burial because the priest can’t deal with the fact that her daughter is gay. He picked a fine time to bail out on the mother (as if refusing to continue partiipating in her funeral was his decision to make in the first place).

    There are undoubtedly millions of mourners of Catholics who are not without sin, yet most priests presiding over funerals don’t snoop around to find out what their “sins” are and then go run and hide when they can’t deal with them.

  • cms827

    I am so done with the catholic church, they are nothng but money hungry thieves, I think Owemally is their leader in disguise. Forgiveness is all I heard growing up in the Catholic Church, this woman I am sure gave her envelope every week and they gladly took it and then can deny her communion, I am sure if she waived 1000.00 at them they would have given it to her.

    • norke01

      …and you won’t be missed, fool.

  • just sayin'

    She knew that the church doesn’t approve of her chosen path. Why must gays always make an issue if everyone doesn’t approve. What happened is what should have happened, and what, predictably, one could have projected. Go be a gay Buddhist.

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