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D.C. Archdiocese: Denying Communion to Lesbian at Funeral Was Against ‘Policy’

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Washington Post
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February 29, 2012

The Rev. Marcel Guarnizo on Saturday denied out lesbian Barbara Johnson Communion during her mother's funeral. Johnson recalled the incident on Tuesday and said, “He put his hand over the body of Christ and looked at me and said, ‘I can’t give you Communion because you live with a woman, and in the eyes of the church, that is a sin.’" The priest also left the altar while Johnson was delivering a eulogy.