From Restore D.C. Catholicism:
Today, at the 9:30 Mass at St John Neumann parish, Father LaHood read a letter from Bishop Barry Knestout announcing the suspension of Father Marcel Guarnizo's priestly faculties. Did I say the letter was penned by Bishop Knestout? Let's not kid ourselves! This letter came straight from the top - Cardinal Wuerl. I'll bet my bottom dollar that all Bishop Knestout did was change the wording slightly (so that he could call the letter "his" with a straight face) and sign the thing. I really don't think he's to blame, as he is vowed to obedience, as is Father LaHood bound to obedience in reading this thing with the introductory comments. I recorded it so you can listen to the entire thing right here.Links:
You'll hear towards the middle of the clip that "the issue discussed did not have to do with the distribution of Communion two weeks ago. The issue pertains to actions over the past week or so." Then Father proceeds to read the letter from
"The lesbian who is attempting to get a Catholic priest removed from his parish for denying her Holy Communion at her mother’s funeral is a Buddhist who describes herself as a “naturally born agitator” committed to a “culture war.” - LifeSiteNews Cardinal Wuerl Bishop Knestoutwhoever. He announced the suspension and that it was taken after he "received credible allegations that Father Guarnizo has engaged in intimidating behavior towards parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry."
Why, isn't it just the most peculiar of coincidences that these "credible allegations" are coming out of the woodwork on the heels of the Holy Communion issue two weeks ago? Father Guarnizo has been at the parish a year now - so these "intimidating behaviors" are now just beginning to surface? Just what is the nature of these "intimidating behaviors"? Who are the offended parties? Unless we see some real basis of these allegations, I'm willing to bet that - none exist!
I think we bloggers did too good of a job in revealing Ms. Johnson's utter lack of credibility. It certainly did her no good that there were other eye witnesses at the funeral Mass that contradicted her account of the events there. Thus the Archdiocese cannot act upon Ms. Johnson's complaints without being tainted with her lack of credibility. In other words, Plan A is shot, so they come up with Plan B.
So where are all these offended parish staff? Let's hear from them! If you post, don't do so anonymously for I will ascribe to it no credibility whatsoever. But I don't think there will be any such posts, for I believe there is really no such subject matter.
A Washington DC Catholic, you'll see he suggested it first. I'm talking of suspension of your Cardinal's Appeal pledges. I agree with the other blogger when he says that's the only language that the bureaucrats in the chancery seem to understand from us. Of course let the chancery know precisely why they should not expect one more penny from you. Contact information is here.
So what to do with that money? Recalling that we are bound, under the Precepts of the Church, to support its work financially, I'd suggest taking that money and giving it directly to a Catholic and/or prolife cause that you know to be worthy of your donations: a crisis pregnancy center, a solid seminary, soup kitchen - there are numerous worthy candidates for your donations. Clearly "the work of the Church" does not mean throwing good priests under the bus when they uphold Canon 915 and I for one will not support that.
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