March 1st, 2012
06:17 PM ET

Lesbian denied communion at mother's funeral

(CNN) -  Barbara Johnson  says she was denied communion at her mother's funeral in Gaithersburg, Maryland on Saturday because she is a lesbian.

Later, as she delivered the eulogy, she says Father Marcel Guarnizo left the altar and didn't return until she was done speaking.  Johnson says the Priest also skipped the burial service, claiming he was sick.

Johnson tells CNN the reason she is speaking out about this now is because, "we would not want any other family to go through what was the worst experience on the very worst day of all of our lives."   That is why, she adds,  "we believe it's important that Father Marcel is removed from parish life."

The Archdiocese of Washington says it is looking into the incident and will handle it as a personnel issue.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. HEHE

    Bad impression of a priest–looked like he was leading a flock of sheep astray.

    April 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • HEHE

      He did not bless the mother because of the daughter. Fundamentally poor actions.

      April 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    As Paul Harvey would say "the rest of the story" http://cnsnews.com/news/article/father-marcel-guarnizo-i-did-only-thing-faithful-catholic-priest-could-do

    Nice of CNN to be thorough.

    March 16, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. DownWithLimbaugh

    This issue is not about the 'sins' of a woman, it's about the total lack of sensitivity and respect towards a human being. Appalling that this ever happened. How would you feel if this happened to you? (straight, gay, or unicorn, it would hit somewhere pretty low!)

    March 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dduke

      Why they picking on Drew Carey?

      March 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mea

        I really need to get out of piynag my maintenance fees this year. Can Transfer America make it so all of my timeshare fees go away for good? I have tried to sell it already and am sick of wasting time, no one seriously wants to buy it.

        April 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pope Benedict

    Do you really think that the Roman Church will change it's ways just to accommodate a self proclaimed sinner ?

    March 2, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • torqueflite

      The Roman Catholic Church hasn't changed its ways since the Inquisition and the Holocaust so I hardly expect it to develop any resemblance to Jesus Christ now. The Church always has and always will be a corporation representing the interests of old fat white guys.

      March 7, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |