If you listened to Barbara Johnson's story, it was one of true victim hood.
But, as you learn more about her and the truth comes out, you realize (and many of us did early on), that she was not telling the full truth.
She has been an open lesbian for over 25 years.
She is a Buddhist and not a lifelong Catholic.
She confronted Fr. Marcel before Mass.
She received communion from the layperson, who had no idea what had taken place and the background.
And on and on...
Let's admit it. She used her mother's funeral to promote her radical pro-abortion and pro-homosexual beliefs.
She knew what she was doing, baited Fr. Marcel and the Archdiocese of Washington fell into the trap.
Barbara Johnson, I don't know how much lower you can go. You are the lowest of the low.
This is my opinion and I am sticking to it. More at Tom Peter's blog.
We see that Fr Marcel has done what is required of him in keeping with Church teaching.
Isn't that the way it is? The media fosters a stance of heartrending anguish over an allegation. The allegation being more important that the facts, the priest is forced to stand by, be berated and face calumny. The local ordinary, instead of getting all the facts, chooses instead a knee jerk reaction to suave the "feelings" of this "poor victim".
Just so we are straight on this point of reception of the Eucharist who is the Person of Christ ,Body, Blood ,Soul and Divinity. I believe this will all my heart and soul.
Book IV, Part I, Title III, Chapter I, Article 2 (Participation in the Holy Eucharist) of the Code of Canon Law:
Can. 916: A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible.
Can. 919: §1. A person who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before holy communion from any food and drink, except for only water and medicine.
§2. A priest who celebrates the Most Holy Eucharist two or three times on the same day can take something before the second or third celebration even if there is less than one hour between them.
§3. The elderly, the infirm, and those who care for them can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have eaten something within the preceding hour.
Sodomy, and lesbian relationships are sinful, even if the Church has softened the words by using gravely dis-ordered. Barbara Johnson told Fr Marcel that she was in an active lesbian relationship and was asked to refrain from communication, yet she chose not to in order to embarrass the Priest, Diocese and Church at large. To use a funeral to forward an agenda such as this is heinous. Mizz Johnson could be the subject of another ring of hell in the "Inferno".
We must ask our self this question, what would have been the media response if she had been given the Eucharist without comment? A response could have been "See even the priests don't agree with the rules on the Eucharist, the church hierarchy is just out of touch."
Fr Marcel chose the right course, the course of the True Faith, to the truth of the popular church. He was right and the spin doctors in Washington are not.
Lighten up on Fr Marcel for doing his job.