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.