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Lesbian Barbara Johnson Denied Communion at Mom's Funeral

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A lesbian in Maryland is calling for a priest to be removed from his post after he refused to give her communion at her mother's funeral. Then he bailed on the funeral entirely.

The Daily Mail reports that 51-year-old Barbara Johnson was first in line to receive communion at the funeral Saturday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg. However Father Marcel Guarnizo, who learned of Johnson's sexuality before the service, refused.

"I cannot give you Communion because you live with a woman, and in the eyes of the Church, that is a sin," he reportedly told her.

Johnson was stunned.

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"I just stood there, in shock. I was grieving, crying. My mother’s body was behind me, and all I wanted to do was provide for her, and the final thing was to make a beautiful funeral, and here I was letting her down because there was a scene," she told The Washington Post.

To add further insult, Guarnizo walked off the altar when Johnson got up to deliver the eulogy, then said he could not accompany the body to the cemetery because he was sick.

Johnson now wants Guarnizo gone. She wrote to him in a letter:

You brought your politics, not your God into that Church yesterday, and you will pay dearly on the day of judgment for judging me. I will pray for your soul, but first I will do everything in my power to see that you are removed from parish life so that you will not be permitted to harm any more families.