Barbara Johnson was denied communion at her mother Loetta Johnson’s funeral because she is a lesbian. St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Md. is where the funeral was held and where the grieving daughter had insult added to her grief.
It is unbelievable that the grieving woman was denied this rite at her mother’s funeral. She said of the priest, “He covered the bowl with the Eucharist with his hand and looked at me, and said I cannot give you communion because you live with a woman and that is a sin in the eyes of the church.” Who is not a sinner? It seems that everybody sins at least according to the Bible, so this seems incredibly harsh.
Barbara Johnson’s brother Larry Johnson worked to console her, but he could not change what happened. The woman has been in a relationship with her partner for 19 years, which is longer than most marriages end up lasting these days. Ultimately, Barbara gave the eulogy for her mother, and the priest actually left the altar during the time she spoke. This is nearly unbelievable! The priest did not even attend the burial.
The archdiocese of Washington wrote an apology letter that said he was sorry “that what should have been a celebration of your mother’s life … was overshadowed by a lack of pastoral sensitivity.”
Unbelievable! What a terrible way to act on the part of this priest. This was a chance to show love and caring to a woman who was clearly hurting after the death of her mother. Instead she was treated as a leper, which is simply unbelievable, and honestly cannot be the way that any church should treat a grieving person.
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