Denial of Communion: A “Personnel Issue”?

One good thing about not following the usual Catholic suspects this Lent is that I’m missing out on stories like this.

Woman denied Communion at her mother’s funeral.

Presider walks out during the eulogy.

Later sends message he refuses to bury Mom.

Arch Wash:

In matters of faith and morals, the Church has the responsibility of teaching and of bringing the light of the Gospel message to the circumstances of our day. When questions arise about whether or not an individual should present themselves for communion, it is not the policy of the Archdiocese of Washington to publicly reprimand the person. 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 archdiocese is looking into the incident at a funeral Mass that was celebrated by Fr. Marcel Guarnizo and will handle this as a personnel issue.

Unsatisfactory to the Temple Police, of course, but there you have it.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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4 Responses to Denial of Communion: A “Personnel Issue”?

  1. Jen says:

    There are some comments on the matter that I wish I could unsee.

  2. I happened to see that and foolishly, commented. More than once.

    When I think about changing hearts and minds, when I think about the power of the Gospel and the impact of Christ, I can’t imagine that anything is served by denial in the majority of circumstances.

    Personnel issues?

    Also, the letter from the Archdiocese to the woman who was denied communion was very poorly worded. *sigh* That said, I am grateful for small miracles and that a letter was even sent. This says to me that something must have gone terribly wrong in that church on that day.

  3. Anne says:

    I confess I had to stop reading the comments. I was disappointed,frustrated and angry with the incident but the comments out there just put me over the top. My stomach is still churning. The priest in question should be removed. The lay people of the community are to be commended.

  4. FrMichael says:

    I could see from the very beginning that the facts would be in doubt, so no sense commentating there much or waste much time reading comments. Dr. Peters did a good service in linking his Canon 915 page, which should be required reading for priests. That’s about the time I stopped reading comments at the Deacon’s Bench and elsewhere.

    My final take on this: the priest didn’t do his job after the funeral vigil of telling the woman not to receive Communion at Mass. She also failed in that she had no business receiving Communion. End of story.

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