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March 12th, 2012
01:06 PM ET

Priest who allegedly denied Communion to lesbian placed on leave

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) – A Roman Catholic priest who allegedly denied Holy Communion to a lesbian at her mother’s Maryland funeral has been placed on administrative leave, the Archdiocese of Washington said.

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese said the suspension was not triggered by last month’s alleged Communion denial, but by events involving the Rev. Marcel Guarnizo in the days since.

The archdiocese “received credible allegations that Father Guarnizo had engaged in intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry,” the archdiocese said in a Friday statement.

“Given the grave nature of these allegations, and in light of the confusion in the parish and the concerns expressed by parishioners,” the statement continued, “Father Guarnizo is prohibited from exercising any priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington until all matters can be appropriately resolved with the hope that he might return to priestly ministry.”

Barbara Johnson told The Washington Post that Guarnizo denied her the sacrament of Communion at her mother's funeral Mass in February, allegedly telling her it was “because you live with a woman, and in the eyes of the church, that is a sin.”

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The archdiocese said Guarnizo also allegedly declined to go with Johnson to her mother’s grave site.

In an earlier statement responding to news accounts of the alleged funeral incident, the archdiocese said it was inappropriate for a priest in its diocese to deny someone Communion.

“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,” the archdiocese said in a February 27 statement.

“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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Johnson, a 51-year-old Washington-area artist, could not immediately be reached for comment. The Washington Post reported that her family issued a statement Sunday saying that it “continues to pray for the Archdiocese of Washington, Father Guarnizo, and all Catholics during this time of upheaval.”

“While we understand this letter does not pertain to the events that occurred at our mother's funeral, we are hopeful that Bishop Knestout's decision will ensure that no others will have to undergo the traumatic experiences brought upon our family,” the statement said, referring to a letter from Washington Bishop Barry C. Knestout that was read at the Gaithersburg, Maryland, church where Guarnizo had been serving.

In receiving Communion, the Catholic Church teaches that Catholics are eating the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ. The church teaches that Jesus instituted the sacrament at the Last Supper.

Guarnizo is officially attached to the archdiocese of Moscow. Washington Archdiocese spokeswoman Brie Hall said the priest had been an assistant to the parish priest in Gaithersburg since last March. She said that it was unclear how long Guarnizo was planning to stay but that the nature of his duties – performing Masses, baptisms, weddings and funerals – suggested he would be there for the long term.

A receptionist at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, where Guarnizo was serving, said she didn’t have contact information for him.  Guarnizo's name and number are not listed in the area.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Homosexuality

soundoff (799 Responses)
  1. XDJX

    A priest did his job right and now everyones mad??

    March 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • texgirl2762

      You are correct that the priest did what he was supposed to do. However, in our "politically correct" American cesspool, doing what's morally right is no longer allowed.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • red

      I agree. The Catholic church should behave according to its teachings. This will make its demise that much quicker.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  2. David

    To quote a billboard that went up not too long ago in Colrado Springs: God is an imaginary friend. Choose reality. It's better for all of us!

    March 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  3. Puckles

    As if the pedophile priests are in any position to judge anyone else. Ha Ha Ha

    March 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • Lesieie

      Puckles...not all priests are pedophiles, just as not all Puckles are intelligent.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • gubernova

      Puckles needs to get a clue. Every post is about pediophilia. you have an unhealthy obsession.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  4. Colin

    I don't know if you have ever been to a Catholic mass, but it is bizarre. Toward the end of the mass, the priest does some hand signals and says some special words and the congregation ACTUALLY BELIEVE that he thereby turns grocery store bread and wine into the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. I swear, it’s true!

    Now, there is no change in the bread and wine. It is cheap grocery store bread and wine after the priest does his hocus-pocus, but they believe it has some kind of magic double-life where it is and isn’t bread and wine at the same time.

    Crazy, Dark Ages superst.itious stuff!

    March 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Dan

      So you've been to a Catholic mass and still have no understanding of the meaning behind the sacraments and now bragging about your experience? Talking about intelligence and open-mindedness.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Lesieie

      Some people ACTUALLY BELIEVE that writing sarcastically about something with which they have almost no experience makes them sound intelligent.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • Joethethird

      Colon, it's a shame you are so clueless. I feel sorry for you and your poor attempt to be funny.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Colin

      So Dan, please enlighten me. I know the basic belief of transubstantiation, but if there is a higher rhelm of knowledge that might cause one to think it is other than complete childish nonsense, please pass it on. I am all ears.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Lola

      Yeah, I do it all the time and I believe it.

      It's called "Faith" and you clearly do not have it if you are a baptized Catholic. You may not believe in what I believe, but by no means should you mock and not expect negative response. It's called being childish.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Colin

      Great folks, please enlighten me. Tell me what I am missing. Once again, I am all ears.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Joethethird

      colon, it must be terrible to be such a lonely and angry person such as yourself. Pity.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • gubernova

      I like went to the zoo and their where like animals in cages. i dont get it. idiot.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Colin

      Joethethird, and how do you extrapolate that I am lonely and angry because I reject the supernatural elements of Catholicism?

      March 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • dudley0415

      No, Dan, you're not all ears. You couldn't be even if you wished to.

      You could be shown a video of God Himself and you'd say it was photo-shopped. You could be shown the testimonies of tens of thousands and you'd declare that they were all delusional. You could be shown dozens of miracles and all you could do would be to look for the 'tricks.' There is neither faith nor belief in you because it is not possible for you. You're not all ears, because you cannot be so.

      Most likely, Dan, it's now after the fact. I'm sure you know what I mean.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • gubernova

      It just shows that you are ignorant and tolerant. People don't like to hang out with stupid biggots.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • dudley0415

      Sorry, Dan. I mean Colin.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • texgirl2762

      And you're an imbecile. I swear, it's true!

      March 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Eric

      I don't believe the Catholic church understands the term literal. "In receiving Communion, the Catholic Church teaches that Catholics are eating the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ."

      March 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • fred

      Colin
      It is like prayer where the results most often are viewed based upon the att-itude of the believer or non believer. Before my conversion there was no answer to prayer because there was no one listening. In retrospect I then saw the hand of God only because the att-itude of my mind had changed. The results did not change just my belief of what goes on in what we cannot know by sight.
      It was the same with my life before conversion it was eternally and spiritually meaningless. Nothing changed from a physical visible world perspective then suddenly there was eternal and spiritual meaning to life.
      Unfortunately, when it comes to Catholic rituals most Catholics I talk to under the age of 50 do not buy into the wine or wafer changing form. Most understand it is symbolic these days that I speak with. I went to a wedding and after word I noticed several priests drinking up the wine in the goblet. I asked what they were doing and apparently there is a rule that since it has changed form it must all be consumed after the communion and taken into the body. Well, I think much is just made up and the church does not know how to back out of their old traditions.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  5. Elijah34

    The funny thing is to read the post of people who know nothing about the Word of God. How can you comment on something you do not believe in. If your not a born again Christain and obeying the Word of God, please sit down because you have no authority to comment on the Word of God. Plain and simple, if you do not follow or believe in Jesus, what you say does not count for nothing. The majority of the people here are going on what they think, instead of going by what the Bible says. The Bible is the only authority on this subject! The Lord Jesus said, if I have told you earthly things and you do not understand, how will you understand spiritual things. You walking around in all your earthly wisdom will never understand God who is a spirit. The Word of God says in 1 corinthians cp11 let a man examine himself to see if he is worthy of taking the communion. Paul says for this reason many of you are sick because you take the communion unworthily. The communion is according to the Lord Jesus, not man and his earthly understanding. Because this woman is not living according to the Holy Bible, therefore she excludes herself from communion. If you want to know what God says on this subject, read 1 corinthians chp 11 versus 17 thru 34. If you do not, please stop commenting on a book that is sealed to you. Or one you have never read.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Dave

      I am fully qualified to mock your silly beliefs.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • world.citizen

      I think the priest is just trying to be honest!

      March 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Lesieie

      If you are not Jesus, you see through a glass darkly. Take the log out of your own eye, and then you may be able to speak about the speck in anothers.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      do you believe in santa claus? the easter bunny? zues, odin or ra? so according to your terrible logic, you should not be able to discuss any of these fictional characters.

      christianity hates when they get critiqued. religion has an undeserving shield surrounding it and has been immune from criticism. why do we criticize? because your rule book says things like kill h_o_m_o_s_e_x_u_a_l_s, keep women 2nd class citizens, stone misbehaving children to death, and a bunch of other ethically abhorrent "morals". clean up your act and we won't have anything to criticize.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • Puckles

      You are just the self-righteous, judgmental kind of person that Jesus Christ condemned. Ha!

      March 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Mark

      The message of Jesus is not that complicated. I think what he said about not judging others in simple language is easy to understand and apply.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Mark

      To all the people that are about to go on about the 'Book of God'. Here is a large helping of hypocrisy for you:

      Leviticus 19:27:
      You shall not shave around the sides of your heads, neither shall you disfigure the corners of your beard.

      Leviticus 11:8
      You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

      Genesis 38:9-10: Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord; so He took his life also.

      Leviticus 19:19
      You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.

      Deuteronomy 23:1
      A man whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off may never join the assembly of the Lord.

      Exodus 21:7-11
      And if a man sells his daughter to be a female slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do. If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.

      1 Corinthians 11:3
      Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Mark

      I didn't write what is indicated at 8:19 PM.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Faith22

      Jesus spoke in Aramaic (sp?). Those present passed his message verbally to others. 100 years later it was written down in Greek (the written communication of choice). Therefore, any literal interpretation is fraught with issues. And, are YOU living according to the bible? Wearing no clothing of mixed fiber? No shellfish? Stoning your daughters if they get out of line? Selling slaves?
      Jesus' use of "good" likely meant "ripe; fit for a particular purpose." There fore, when he said "you evil generation will not hear my word" he meant they were not ready; that they were unripe.
      You, sir, are clearly unripe for the puirpose of loving thy neighbor. Gay neighbors, black neighbors, differently abled neighbors, Jewish neighbors, Arab neighbors, Muslim neighbors. I do not recall jesus saying "love only those neighbors who are like you."

      March 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Mark

      I didn't write what is indicated at 8:19 PM by another Mark

      March 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Faith22

      Jesus spoke in Aramaic (sp?). Those present passed his message verbally to others. 100 years later it was written down in Greek (the written communication of choice). Therefore, any literal interpretation is fraught with issues. And, are YOU living according to the bible? Wearing no clothing of mixed fiber? No shellfish? Stoning your daughters if they get out of line? Selling slaves?
      Jesus' use of "good" likely meant "ripe; fit for a particular purpose." Therefore, when he said "you evil generation will not hear my word" he meant they were not ready; that they were unripe.
      You, sir, are clearly unripe for the purpose of loving thy neighbor. Gay neighbors, black neighbors, differently abled neighbors, Jewish neighbors, Arab neighbors, Muslim neighbors, even bigot neighbors. I do not recall Jesus saying "love only those neighbors who are like you."

      March 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Joethethird

      Elijah, Amen.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Lesieie

      Thank goodness, the real Mark! When I looked at all that weird hyposcrisy stuff from the fake Mark, I we beginning to be afraid you'd had a stroke!

      March 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Igor

      Impeccablereasoning. By your logic, if you don't believe in fairies you can't comment when someone claims that invisible fairies in your backyard frighten his dog?

      March 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • Eric

      "what you say does not count for nothing"

      I think you mean what you say does not count for anything. If you are going to be one of "those" people at least do so with proper grammar so we don't have to feel like we are stooping quite so low when we openly ridicule your beliefs.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • John

      Elijah – the only qualification people without faith, without Christian values need is to be lost, empty, searching, always mocking, always trying to stir things up. I generally don't comment about these types of people instead saying a prayer for them that before it's too late – they will recognize God's amazing grace. If not, it's their loss as their eternity will not be one to enjoy. And, in fact, most often their earthly life is pretty sad too.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  6. EBD

    The Church also allows priests, bishops and cardinal to receive3 the Eucharist. How about all of those overtly, gay nuns? The Church needs to slam this priest back into the dark ages!!!

    March 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • texgirl2762

      Prove what you're saying, or shut up.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  7. Mark

    Jesus spoke in simple terms to the people of that time. His general message is a way of life for billions and its a good way for anyone to live their life. Deeper meanings about what he said are the creation and interpretation of men, Clergy are just men.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Lesieie

      Mark, THANK YOU! That's the most intelligent post I've seen on ANY religious commentary.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  8. The Dude

    Priests who diddle children get communion.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Puckles

      I know, right.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • texgirl2762

      You sound like quite the expert.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  9. marty

    I believe the communion wafers are better when dipped in guacamole. Yummy.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • Dave

      Sour cream and onion is my favorite.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  10. OLE

    I dont' understand, they don't deny communions to heterose#ual unmarried couples living together is nt that a sin as well?

    March 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • It Reflects Badly On Them

      Yes of course it is a sin that they simply and conveniently just sweep under the carpet and forget about. But what you don't understand is the prejudice within the church. Few do. That is certainly not what Christ taught. He invited all who wished to share in His supper or with Him to do so rather than to drive them away. We do love our Christ, but those Catholics have most unfortunately made themselves so far removed from Him and this serves as just one example.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Lesieie

      @Reflects Badly: "Those Catholics." Shame on your for bigotry and hardness of heart. That reflects badly on you.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Puckles

      It is because they are a bunch of EVIL hypocrites.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Face Up To It

      So just WHO are we talking about here, Lesieie? Too bad the truth hurts! Yet the shame is on you to defend this deplorable behavior in the church.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • It Reflects Badly On Them

      Lesieie, thankfully not every Catholic goes along with this kind of deplorable thing. Many have actually left the church rather than participate in such things. But those who do who would deny the Body of Christ to those actively seeking it, especially when God has called them to share in it, are "those Catholics." You obviously have anger issues but don't try to defend that which is clearly wrong in the Church.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Lesieie

      I'm not defending any deplorable behavior. I am speaking against judging all Catholics as being separate from God. The Father knows his own, and no one can tell him different, no matter how much our bigotry tries to make us do so. Silly Rabbit.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  11. John Schwendler

    This happens all the time in America, when any citizen has the brazen courage to stand up for what they believe in. This priest was upholding the basic tenets of his faith, unlike the young lady who was picking and choosing which parts she was going to believe in, and obey. Good for this priest. Gotta love the part that his suspension was due to something else more recent. Uh huh. Right.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • don

      he likes little boys

      March 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Snow

      Since you are against pick-and-choose from the book.. would u be killing your kids if they talk back? or would you be go on a killing rampage on all the people of other faiths who worship idols.. how about taking the adulterers to the edge of the city and do the you-know-what to them?

      if you have not done any of the above, you are exactly what you accuse the other people of.. and a hypocrite.. and a bigot.. and.. bah. you know all the nice rosy words that describe you..

      March 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Lesieie

      I think what Snow also means is the part where Jesus talked about throwing the first stone. At least, I do.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • a person of the Name

      What you don't realize Snow, is after Jesus all that changed. We are not ment to judge. That is Jesus's.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • texgirl2762

      Correct. So much for religious freedom in America. He was upholding the teachings of his faith and got punished for it.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  12. humberto

    Why block my posts while letting the anti catholic posts thru ?

    March 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • John Schwendler

      We all voted not to hear from you today, Humberto. Nothing personal.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  13. marty

    The retarded mean-spirited priest should have asked himself "what would jesus do?" – and provided the comfort this grieving woman needed.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • humberto

      It's not a matter of your vote.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • humberto

      She knew the rules and made a specticle, rather than humble herself..

      March 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're a freakin' spectACLE, humberto. You moron, learn to spell. It's CAESAR, you dumbazz. It's SPECTACLE, moron!

      March 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • humberto

      hey bloke, bump you.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Lesieie

      Humberto. Presenting oneself for communion is not making a "spectacle" of oneself. Denying communion publicly is.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Setting A Bad Example

      Of course he should have provided that comfort, Marty. That was his job. But instead, look at how he humiliated this lady and her family in her time of mourning and need. That just goes to show why so many are leaving the church and will continue to do so as they reflect on the happenings of antiquated church laws that have no business overruling the sharing of the body of Christ, as Christ intended, with those who feel deep inside that they wish to receive it.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • humberto

      @Liesieie – She knew the Rules and wasnT seeking comfort, it's not a matter of your vote.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Lesieie

      humberto, you do not live her head, you don't know what she was seeking, and it's not a matter of anyone's vote, including yours. You're only revealing your own hardness of heart.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • humberto

      That's not true, what's in her heart was manifested by her refusal to humble herself before God, as she attempted to recieve the Host in an unholy manner Knowing and Defying the requiements that were set long before she was born in an attempt to ridicule- if her heart were true, she would have bourn her cross.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • humberto

      I am stoned. Ignore my stupid posts. I have no clue what I'm typing.

      March 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  14. D666

    What a farce. Fake religion, misguided morals and the reason America is failing to have relevance – Christian religious fanatics.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Lesieie

      I seriously doube it. It may have something to do with frothing-at-the-mouth atheists, though.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Riddick51PB

      ^^ fanatical

      March 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    March 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • marty

      Prayer makes you stupid.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • humberto

      you asked for it.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • HONESTLY!

      Humberto!
      a fish doesn't get caught until he opens his mouth!

      And everytime you open yours, its clear you've been caught hook line and sinker by the men of the cloth!

      March 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • humberto

      Wow, what a phony scientist .

      March 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Lesieie

      @marty: Gosh–have you been praying a lot lately?

      March 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • texgirl2762

      @ marty: If true, then you must pray a LOT.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  16. HONESTLY!

    I personally dont believe that there is a man like figure sitting up in the sky watching your every move. He isn’t there making sure your sports team wins. He isn’t there talking to the pope, the rabbi’s, or any other religious leader. And he certainly isn’t there talking to any of you. sorry to say we're just not that important. He does have laws though, that must be abided by. For instance there are things you must do to live, and procreate (even though his laws have allowed us to do that outside of our own bodies), we must stay clear of certain elements while devouring other elements. His laws are made of laws you may have heard before. Like laws of gravity, laws of physics, and velocity, and logic. For god in completely undeniable! God is the universe and the universe is alive.
    Things you can’t even imagine are alive, reproduce, enjoy some elements while rejecting others, just as we must do. Our very own planet is alive (its not a rock) our solar system is alive the universe is alive, stars reproduce and die every minute. and its a great and beautiful display of gods power. gods plan is for the universe and beyond. we’re just a minuscule particle in a minuscule time period, no more important than a kitten, or a turtle. however we have evolved intelligence that other species have yet to achieve. Our destinations will be laid out in time with science and true understanding of these (gods) laws. Be patient we”LL get there in time! until then we need to love, respect, protect, and feed one another so that we survive long enough to achieve the goal of god. One more thing. This gods laws, are proven everytime scientist have a new break through, or discovery another one of gods fascinating laws are revealed. Its important that we understand it, question it, and finally correct what we can, and accept what we can't. His laws are unforgivable. He's not an angry god. Just one that has given us life, in a place where his laws can't by any means be broken you have no choice in them, for they are already set. You can't break them if you wanted to. For god has made sure of this! Love god, your fellow man, the planet, the universe. And constantly remind yourself how small you are in gods creation. For this is your true god! For your bible was hand written by man to impart laws for civility. And these laws are 2000 years old now. Its time to believe in what we know, and let go of what isn't real!

    March 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Dan613

      one thing I am sure: god is not what these folks teach,and god is not jesus or anything like that. If god exists, has NOTHING to do with christians, christian dogma, or bible for that matter. It is only meant to enslave human conscience and control freedom.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • HONESTLY!

      Dan!
      I agree 100%
      Religion is wrong and toxic!
      god tells everyone what his laws are, through trial and error (science!).
      He didnt pick 1 man behind a burning bush, he didnt carve 10 commandments in any rock!
      The answers are there for all of us to seek and reveal Through science!

      March 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • John Schwendler

      Pretty neatly written. well done. We all live our lives as if we all were going to live forever. In fact, we are barely a speck in the overall plan of life itself. The Sun apparently is due to burn out in about a billion years. Who knows if that hasn't already happened once or more times before? When it does, something else will replace it to sustain life. A fascinating subject, eternity.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • mylife55

      Thanks for sharing . . . .

      March 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • humberto

      you don't know what you know.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Ira Radnick

      More fables. Man created god folks, not the other way around. Fools...

      March 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • HONESTLY!

      Humberto,
      I can prove my gods laws! You can't prove yours, because they aren't real!

      I dont have to obey your gods laws, because they are simply of man!
      But you must abide by my gods laws even if you dont want to.
      I would put my true god up against your fairy tale anytime! And you will lose everytime.
      For my god tells me your god isn't real.
      And your god never even mentions my god in any of your bibles. Why? Because my god again is real!

      March 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • HONESTLY!

      John, you're a man of thought and thats a great thing! Thanks for your input, and understanding that "man" isn't the latest greatest thing in gods creation! We're just a small part. People have to be pretty selfish to believe that everything was created for us!

      March 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Lesieie

      @HONESTLY! So what?

      March 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • humberto

      @ honesty, your weak little being is nothing near being God.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • HONESTLY!

      Humberto!
      jump as hard as you can for as long as you can, and pray to your god as many times as you want, that you won't come back Down.
      My god will make you come down to earth everytime, your prayers to your fable will never yield you a different result!
      There, I think that about proves it!
      @leslie, so what, what? What's your point?

      March 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Gex

      So if God doesn't exist, why are you speaking about what he is?

      March 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • humberto

      Because he has no idea where he came from, but refuses to acknowledge where he's headed.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • HONESTLY!

      Gex, I never said god didnt exist.
      Im simply saying your bibles, are full of lies written by man, not god!
      Believe me, god doesn't want you to destroy your baby! As your bible says it does!

      March 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • humberto

      God works in mysterious ways.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • texgirl2762

      Oh, please. Start a blog if you want to philosophize to that extent. What a bore.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  17. duckforcover

    Apparently girls with girls is wrong but boys with priests is OK.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • casper

      but they are not really girls, since they like girls, which men do also.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • humberto

      more delusional people

      March 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  18. Furious Styles

    Doesn't matter what religion you worship or what your values are. This is the right call, there was no reason that this priest could not have let this woman know in private and in advance that she would be denied Holy Communion. He made sure he was as nasty as he could be in humiliating her.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • SueEllen

      Well that's what you get for being a sinner public shaming

      March 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • HONESTLY!

      @Sue Ellen
      Thats what they said, when they hanged Jesus on the cross!
      So I guess she is more christlike than you are!

      March 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Dan613

      Don't even bother with "SueEllen", it is troll. Look what he/she wrote on another article: "SueEllen
      I am so jealous of my son. He gets to have hot gay s3x with his boyfriend while I have to pretend I want my husband to boink me."

      March 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • HONESTLY!

      @dan
      I appreciate the heads up. Thanks!

      March 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • No Sensitivity On The Matter

      Furious, yet If God Be For Her At That Special Moment, WHO Can Be Against Her, one needs to seriously ask. She was led to church and went there willingly and in a somber state that should not have been taken advantage of. That was wrong to have been done to her. The bishop should find some other work for him to do as the sharing of the body of Christ with those who feel worthy of it is not for any priest or higher up to overrule. They are not God. If God leads you forward to take communion, fully knowing WHO you are and WHAT you are, because He knows ALL, it should be given as God is leading them to receive it. The priests should be made to understand that and have no business interfering with that very personal decision and those who feel they do should be immediately removed from the church as God is not mocked.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Dee

      And let's not forget he then apparently refused to go to the gravesite thereby punishing her entire family. Nice!

      March 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  19. RKSMichigan

    The fact that CNN makes any Christian/Catholic screw up news says it all.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  20. Billy

    Down with the religions of pedophiles Catholicism and Islam!

    March 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Lesieie

      Yeah, yeah, yeah...and up yours.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Lola

      Right, totally not an ignorant comment whatsoever...

      March 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
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