Bad lesbian, no cracker!

When Barbara Johnson approached the altar during her mother’s funeral, she was promptly denied communion by Marcel Guarzino, the Catholic priest serving the elements. Ms. Johnson is a lesbian, you see, and is therefore “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin”, an offense that Canon Law 915 says deserves the withholding of communion.

Yet another example of how delusions can lead to real suffering. Not only is the idea of sin delusional – at least when it comes to homosexuality – but so also is the idea that eating a cracker and having a sip of wine carries some supernatural value whose denial to believers can be used as punishment. Once again, the Catholic Church demonstrates how securely trapped it is in medieval modes of thinking.

This entire issue would be quite amusing if it weren’t for the fact that it has caused very real emotional distress to someone mourning her mother.

Shame on you Guarnizo.


8 Responses to Bad lesbian, no cracker!

  1. sTiv says:

    Thank you for making me laugh out loud, old friend! The most excellentest heading so far.

  2. This is quite sad. I’m not Catholic though so dont understand their various rituals and doctrine through the priests, communion, etc. It seems rather harsh.

  3. L.Long says:

    It is entirely fair to have him do this; he may be insensitive but he is about the soul and after life not about life and feelings. It is the dogma that she CLAIMS to follow. If you don’t like the rules of the club then don’t join, if there then quit!
    The ONLY way the relig-idiots will change is when those who don’t like the rules walk away; complaining does nothing.
    Why more don’t walk away, like catlick girls who use contraceptives (naughty little sluts ;-}) should stop cheating or being pissy about it–QUIT!!!! Walk Away!!! Then have all the (fill in the blank) you want!

    • It’s probably more complex than “just walk away.” When your family, friends, and loved ones are all practicing the same ritual and you were raised in that tradition – “just walking away” can isolate you and make one feel very alone – especially in a time of mourning. I commend those who have the strength and support group surrounding them to make the choice to just drop it, but for a lot of people that’s much easier said than done.

      • L.Long says:

        Of course at that precise point in time would make walking away difficult but as Keith states below she had much time previous to quit. The social thing..MEH! can be easily replace with others that are better prepared to accept you. But again my family was also religious…mom-G’mom-etc went to church all the time. My brother is a deacon, and my sister is a very nice person but is a born-again and married to a deacon. Maybe I have a ‘hole in my heart’ or something. But leaving was no real problem. Although I left after my mom’s death. But then I do not push my atheism when visiting. There are no easy good answers, but being constantly condemned by everyone makes for an easy choice.

        • I had no problem walking away from religion either, but I can certainly see how it can be very difficult. I have close friends and family that are really bothered by the logic of atheism and actually feel severly guilty when they question. It would be mentally impossible for them to leave the church. Not everyone has the strength to let go. I guess that was my point…

  4. Keith says:

    Yes, I think Atticus is right: religion can form the basis of one’s social existence (I can testify to that!), so walking away because of one painful incident might not seem reasonable to someone in that position.

    Nonetheless, L.Long has a valid point: Ms. Johnson was presumably aware of the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality and how that might impact her treatment at the communion rail. She can’t really blame the priest for following the rules.

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