This will be long, so I'll put the jump break here.
The other blogger repeats a comment he made on yet another blog known as "Deacon Greg's blog". In the comment section on that blog was a comment posted by an eye witness to the exchanges between Father Guarnizo and the two women, particularly before the Mass. That witness' statement corresponds with another account that I was told. I'll quote the entire comment now. (It's by DvS at 1:29pm today)
From DvS's comments we learn that the two women presented themselves as a lesbian couple to Father before the Mass. When Father tried to have further discussion with the daughter, her "partner" blocked his path. We further learn that Father did announce the Church's regulations for receiving Holy Communion. It's quite true that such recitation often occurs at weddings and funerals for the benefit of non-Catholics in attendance. Moreover, Ms Johnson called herself a "lifelong Catholic"; surely she would have known that she was living outside the state of grace. Therefore, the archdiocese's claim that there needed to be a discussion "in a private pastoral setting" rings rather hollow - a bit of a red herring. You'll also not find that in Canon 915 as a requirement upon the priest prior to denial of Holy Communion.
Ms Johnson knew what she was doing. She was trying to force Father between a rock and a hard place. This is quite typical of those who are living outside the dictates of what might remain of their consciences - an attempt to quell those consciences in a flagrant show of bravado to compel good people to bend to their wills. Father could not do so without committing sin himself and scandal to all others in attendance. The shame is upon her, and the sad circumstances of her real bereavement do not mitigate her responsibility in this matter. While I entertain no wild hopes of Ms Johnson's acknowledgment of that fact, I am profoundly disappointed in the chancery's blindness towards these matters.
I regret to remind one and all that the DC prelates are almost legendary in their refusal to take seriously their responsibilities under Canon 915. Indeed, as one watches the parade of dissident Catholics who have received Holy Communion with not only their approval but in many cases their overt invitations (John Sweeney, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Carol Keehan, Ted Kennedy, etc) it is no wonder why they come down so heavily on Father Guarnizo. His act of honoring Canon law and the eternal realities behind it puts to shame the actions of archdiocesan officials over the years in their disregard to the Church's laws.
So what drives the chancery's disdain of Church law? Could it be all the hate emails that they must have received over the past few days? I myself have received quite a sampling of the worst examples of progressive potty-mouths. I know that St John Neumann Church had their email boxes flooded with hate mail and other pieces of filth that will flow from those who condone perversion. So maybe they're afraid of more "mean things" being said?
Or maybe they're trying to curry favor or get some money? Did someone wave some dollar bills under some chancery bureaucrat's nose if they threw Father under the bus? I think a big clue to that will be to see how the archdiocese acts when it comes time to petition Maryland's "gay marriage" bill to referendum. How many "snags", "slow-ups", etc will happen?
I will have more on this later.