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According to a statement by the Archdiocese of Washington:
conceded that Father Marcel had acted improperly, saying, “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 issue here is not the priest but Barbara Johnson.
Here is what I wrote on Deacon Greg's Blog:
If, as Barbara Johnson says that she is a “lifelong Catholic,” then she should have known that her relationship is sinful, that she was not in a state of grace, and SHOULD NOT have presented herself before the priest for Holy Communion.
The blame here is not on the priest, but on Barbara Johnson.
Now, the priest knows that she is living this immoral lifestyle and has to make a decision. Give her Holy Communion and himself commit a sin (and the theologians out there will probably correct me) or do what is correct.
Cardinal Wuerl has thrown this priest under the bus. Once again, he is more worried about the political and public relations damage, than about the mission of the Church.
Now, in addition, and more importantly, Fr. Guarnizo was following Canon Law, which states:
Canon 915: "Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion."
Once again, Cardinal Wuerl has thrown a faithful priest under the bus and has caused scandal to the Church.
No wonder why we are losing the battle over same sex marriage.