Today Father Marcel Guarnizo was a guest on Ave Maria's Kresta in the Afternoon radio show. I have linked to the podcast. Many long-time readers of this blog will recall that Father Guarnizo, while parochial vicar at St John Nuemann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, withheld Holy Communion from an avowed and practicing lesbian. In doing so, he was obeying Canon 915 and attempting to keep her from committing yet another mortal sin by receiving Holy Communion sacrilegiously. I won't get into the detail here as it can be found in previous posts. The podcast of the show is here.
Kresta introduced Father (at the 17:40 mark) and asked him to comment about the incident. Father pointed out that he still remains a priest in good standing with all faculties intact (at the 23:30 mark). He declined further comment, pointing out (at the 23:48 mark) that the matter is being investigated by Cardinal Wuerl's superiors.
The conversation then turned towards the synod where Father Guarnizo currently is. Pope Benedict XVI and the synod fathers are addressing the need for reevangelization of the world. In talking of the economic and cultural situation in western Europe, Father had much to say about the need for sound economics and the damage done by welfare states (at the 34:00 mark). I wonder in listening to this if we may have unearthed some of the motive behind the horrid treatment Father received last March, given some progressive elements that lurk in both the DC chancery and the USCCB.
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