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.
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.