Centra in Mullagh County Cavan.
A priest who denied communion to lesbian at her mother’s funeral because she was ‘living in sin’ has been suspended for ‘intimidating behaviour’
Rev. Marcel Guarnizo, who last month denied Barbara Johnson the bread and wine at the funeral mass, has been placed on administrative leave from the ministry in the Washington archdiocese.
Johnson, who attended the funeral with her partner of 20 years, stood first in the line to receive the communion at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland on February 25.
But Father Marcel Guarnizo reportedly covered the bowl and said: ‘I cannot give you Communion because you live with a woman, and in the eyes of the Church, that is a sin.’