In the beginning of Lent of 2012 Father Marcel Guarnizo, then parochial vicar of St John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg MD, withheld Holy Communion from a flagrantly practicing lesbian. I've chronicled that copiously on my blog; see the archives that deal not only with the incident but also the utterly contemptible manner in which the Archdiocese of Washington chancery dealt with the matter.
Today the Connecticut Catholic Corner blog gave an account of a Missouri priest, Father Benjamin Kneib. He also obeyed Canon 915 when he denied Holy Communion to a lesbian couple. In doing so, Father gave witness to the dignity of the Blessed Sacrament and prevented the couple from incurring the guilt of a sacrilegious Holy Communion.
Sadly it seems that many of the parishioners voiced sympathy to the two lesbians who had just been spared from committing another mortal sin. It seems that the two had been receiving Holy Communion quite openly. In other words, previous priests had been derelict in their sacerdotal duties. This is a parish that stands in dire need of some remedial catechesis and much prayer.
This happened at St. Columban Catholic Church in Chillicothe, MO. This http://www.stcolumbanonline.org/ is the website for the parish. Father Kneib is the adminstrator. Visit that site and leave Father a word of encouragement and thanks. We know from sad experience that the gay wasps and hornets will be buzzing about, spewing venom at him.
This blog publicly thanks you, Father Kneib!
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