Communion or Disunion? | Sexuality/Gender

I do not belong to the Roman Catholic Church. However, I find this so-called "shift" in the Catholic community disturbing. Stories like this concern me about the times in which we are living. Seems to me that the author, Mary Hunt, is not a Catholic (or a Christian for that matter) in any meaningful sense of the word. She doesn't seem to have any sense of Scriptural authority or belief in basic historic Christianity. Anyway, I would greatly appreciate insight from my readers who may have a better perspective on such things.

Communion or Disunion? | Sexuality/Gender | Religion Dispatches: "The egregious breach of decency that led a Catholic parish priest to deny Communion to a lesbian woman at her mother’s funeral has received widespread and well-deserved condemnation. Even the Archdiocese of Washington DC admitted that the priest had violated their policy. In a little note, a vicar promised Barbara Johnson and her family that he would celebrate a Mass in memory of her mother. They deserve sympathy for their loss, a full-blown apology from the institutional Church, and time to deal with their grief in peace."


Thanks to Nate Taylor for referring us to a helpful article on this.  Check it out here: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/2012/03/01/the-priest-and-the-lesbian-communicant/  I also want to reference here the letter of apology that came from the Archdiocese.


  1. The Priest may not have done things by the Spirit of the law, but he did follow the law. Basically, the Priest found out that the woman was unrepentant in her sinning. Therefore, he was supposed to deny her communion (because she had taken herself out of communion). see: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/2012/03/01/the-priest-and-the-lesbian-communicant/

  2. I find that addendum to be pretty informative. I hope his diocese does not throw him under the bus. It's sad the amount of disconnect between the clergy and laity here. It seems like there are some prevailing presuppositions among some American Catholic laity about the meaning of their church membership which is not even remotely Christian in any historical sense of the term, and is extremely un-Catholic, furthermore.