Sunday, February 26, 2012

Priest Walks Out Of Woman’s Funeral Because Of Her Gay Daughter

Barbara Johnson


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Priest Walks Out Of Woman’s Funeral Because Of Her Gay Daughter

Press release from the Archdiocese of Washington.

"In matters of faith and morals, the Church has the responsibility of teaching and of bringing the light of the Gospel message to the circumstances of our day. 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. 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.

The archdiocese is looking into the incident at a funeral Mass that was celebrated by Fr. Marcel Guarnizo and will handle this as a personnel issue."

Brie Hall
Communications Manager
Archdiocese of Washington  Archdiocese Contact: Chieko Noguchi 301-853-4514 or

Barbara Johnson buried her mother in Maryland on February 25, 2012. The Priest,  Father Marcel Guarnizo, denied Barbara communion and walked out mid-ceremony. She posted this on her Facebook page and the story is spreading across the Internet like wildfire.

 "...I was denied communion AT MY MOTHER'S FUNERAL because, as the HORRIBLE priest said to me as the first person in line to take communion, "I cannot give you communion because you live with a woman and that is a sin according to the church." In addition, he LEFT the altar as I delivered her eulogy. AND THEN...he told the funeral director he was "sick" and could not FINISH HIS JOB by aaccompanying my mother's body to the grave site. And that, my friends, was the LAST time you will ever see me set foot inside a catholic church. I know gay and lesbian Eucharistic ministers....and this fascist asshat had the self-righteous God-complex to judge me on the saddest day of my life. TURNED ME AWAY and covered the bowl containing the Host. His name is Father Marcel Guarnizo..."


  1. The priest acted rude, he should have explained to these people why they should stop this kind of unnatural life... 

    Leviticus 20:13
    If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

    Deuteronomy 23:17-18
    There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
    Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

    Romans 1:26-27
    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their woman did change the natural use into that which is against nature.
    And like wise the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another: men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    Hebrews 13:4
    Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

    1. Judge not lest ye be judged. You're breaking your own rules there, buddy...

  2. You self righteous prig. You have no right to judge this woman (and neither did the priest) - but of course, you are without sin and can cast stones as you like. NOT!

  3. People that quote the Old Testament amuse me, as they tend to ignore the rest of it because, well, they do not understand their own holy book or faith. So sorry that this happened to you.
    And any church that defends child molestation has no right to lecture anyone on sin.

  4. My son is gay & I love him with all my heart & soul. God made him of that I have no doubt. The priest was wrong & ungodly. The old testament has been translated so many times, in diff languages. I urge all self righteous bible thumpers to buy a book written by a minister called 'What the bible really says about homosexuality'. To the woman who lost her mom, truly sorry for ur loss. I love u, God loves u. Go to PFLAG, you will find support there.