Priest Leaves Woman’s Funeral Because Her Daughter is Gay

Just this past weekend, a woman identified as Barbara who was at her mother’s funeral in Maryland was denied communion by the priest on the grounds that she is a lesbian — after which, the priest, Father Marcel Guarnizo, told the funeral director that he was unable to go to the gravesite and say the final blessing because he was sick.

As Ann Werner, who knows Barbara, writes on Addicting Info:

She was the first in line and Fr. Guarnizo covered the bowl containing the host and said to her, “I cannot give you communion because you live with a woman and that is a sin according to the church.”

Barbara, writes Werner, “cares deeply for her family and … loved her mother and her mother loved her right back.” As a result of treatment by the priest that was uncalled for and inhumane, Barbara “will never set foot in a Catholic church again and who can blame her?”.

Fr. Guarnizo is the Vicar at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, says The New Civil Rights Movement. He is also an anti-choice activist who, in one speech, referred to an abortion clinic (which he mentioned by name) as a “veritable death camp”; this particular speech can be seen on Vimeo.

As Werner underscores, Fr. Guarnizo’s denial of communion to Barbara because she is a lesbian is all the more troubling — insidious and downright wrong — as it happened in Maryland, a “state that has just proclaimed that all are equal and has enshrined that concept into state law.” Fr. Guarnizo’s actions indeed “highlight[s] the lengths to which the right will go” to do nothing less than demonize gay and lesbian people. So much for the priesthood being a vocation in which one is called to assist those who are in need and especially at the time of a loved one’s death.

Asked for a comment by The New Civil Rights Movement, “Father Guarnizo did not immediately respond.”

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Who are you, "dot", that post all these lengthy texts on Care2? You have no name, only a dot. You have been a member since April 2012 but your postings are stamped middle of March, 2012.
AND, you ramble!

Allie Y.
Allison Y5 years ago

So.... One should go to hell based on the fact that one is attracted to the same gender, but brush it under the rug if you're a priest banging young boys? Ok, got it. Yet another reason I am SO glad I am not Catholic.

Aravis O.
.5 years ago

contd 2

All churches act ONLY on the behalf of God, & no church can decide to ignore what God wants & replace it with what the pastor or the congregation believes SHOULD BE followed. Then that church is not a christian church, but it is a people's church or a church of the world.

And you may say that you are saved, but you are not. You either believe in God & his word, or you dont. But you cannot say that you are a christian but then doubt God & what he says. Most likely it must be your church that saved you, given the poor standards that they appear to have.

Aravis O.
.5 years ago

contd 1

The last thing God can be called is weak, & his people must not be weak either & accept the ignorance & immorality that the world throws at it. For if something that is so obviously wrong & sick like homosexuality can make christians deny God's word so easily, can you imagine how much faster they will accept the mark of the beast & all those other more serious issues that is to come?

And I never said that a church should not accept gays. I said that no church should accept homosexualITY. A big difference there. It is the difference between accepting a murderer & accepting murder. If a murderer goes to a church to repent, of course he should be accepted. But that do not mean that the church should accept the sin of murder, & condone or encourage the murderer to go out there after the service & kill people. Everyone sins, & everyone goes to the church to be absolved from their sins. Therefore the sinner should be accepted by the church, but the sin should NEVER be accepted. So if your church or YOU do not advise sinners that the SIN they are committing is wrong, & YOU & your church act as tho the sin is okay & you encourage & support THE SIN, then you can never say that your church is practising God's way. Hence it is not a true christian church.

It is not what you believe or what your church believe. All churches act ONLY on the behalf of God, & no church can decide to ignore what God wants & replac

Aravis O.
.5 years ago


There is nothing wrong with judging if you use the standards set by God. Eg. If God say that rape is a sin & is wrong & that all unrepentant rapists will not be accepted by him, well there is nothing wrong with I telling a self-confessed rapist that what he is doing is wrong & he is sinning & he will not be accepted by God if he do not repent. You all have this judging thing totally wrong. I do not know you. If I say that you must be a homosexual because of how you speak, & that your act of homosexuality is an abomination to God, then I definitely am judging you because I do not know you & I accuse you of being something when I do not know if it is true or not. But if you admit that you are a homosexual, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with me saying that according to what is written in the Bible & attributed to God, that you are committing a sin which God says is an abomination to him. I am just relating a judgement that has already been made 3000 years ago. Will you say that if a murderer admit to me that he is a murderer that I am judging him by telling him that murder is a sin & that he will be punished by God? The problem with a lot of christians is that they are weak & instead of standing up for what God says, they just allow people to make a mockery of God under the excuse of being humble. The last thing God can be called is weak, & his people must not be weak either & accept the ignorance & immorality

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W5 years ago

Avi baby, you got a whole 'nother trip you're on!!

I personally find it INSULTING of you to take it upon yourself to judge who is a "real" Christian.

We already can see you can't do math! (gee, 5000 is roughly 1/9th, so where how did you arrive at YOUR figure??)

And YES, a large number of girls and women have been molested by priests, bishops, popes, ministers, coaches and teachers.
This isn't about that.
This is about the perverse teachings of yours. And the harm they do.
How dare you! Do you even know about the misogynistic monks who edited the books of the Bible? About the politics involved in putting the texts together?

You don't know anything about Christianity! If you did, you might show some humility.
And I have been saved. How dare you say that accepting my gay friends and family is harming them! You know nothing!

I've met your types before. The more pious they are, the more destructive they are.

Aravis O.
.5 years ago


Those items I purchased, the eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, lizard's leg, and howlet's wing, I can now throw them all away as I will no longer be needing them to offer to any witches to hex you into believing in God.
All I have to do is present the truth, which I am doing...& the rest is up to you. Free will!

I will repeat again that God is not begging anyone to come to Him. You are not doing him any favors by deigning to believe in Him. Your non-belief or non-acceptance of God means absolutely nothing. It isnt like you not believing in Him is going to make him stop existing.

We (mankind) do not set any of the conditions nor the rules or standards concerning God. Many of us cannot even set the conditions or rules for our own teenaged children, far less God.

Aravis O.
.5 years ago

Anne C

I totally agree with you...for that is the purpose of free will. From the beginning of time there were atheists & pagans. I mean, Jesus, the Son of God himself, came down from Heaven & said "look here I am". He performed miracles in front of the people as proof & still many did not believe. In fact they went so far as to murder him. So, I certainly do not expect today that you & your ilk will believe.

John 3:16 said that "...WHOSEVER believeth in Him (Christ) shall not perish but have everlasting life".
But there are also many verses which states that only a very small & select few will make it. This obviously shows that God already knows & acknowledges that the majority will not meet that condition to receive everlasting life.

But you know what is great about all this? It is that God only requires the individual to account for his/her personal life, not for anyone else's. This means that YOU not believing in God means absolutely squat to me. God did not ask that every believer must have a 100% success conversion over every single person he meets or speaks to. Isnt that just great?

Now I dont have to buy a whip & flog you until you believe, or take lessons in hypnosis to will you into believing. Nor will I have to spend sleepless nights twisting & turning in my bed, getting up & pacing up & down & muttering incantations & curses under my breath as I ponder on how I will make you, Anne C, believe in God. Tho

Anne Cole
.5 years ago

Avavis says those who believe in a god should obey him. Fine. The rest of us will just do what we think is right.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

Gina, you have hit on something that I have not heard of or seen in my 73 years of age. Can you give us a URL on where we can find the data on Priest molesting little girls more than boys? It just does not seem correct but I am willing to listen, and read and correct my thinking is you can help me out.

Thank you and have a nice day