To the credit of the Catholic Church, this priest was removed after the fact, but it goes to show how cruelty can find a hiding place in religious ritual. Guarnizo said he was being treated unfairly by church leadership and that he denied Communion to the woman for the same reasons he would have denied it to a “Quaker, a Lutheran or a Buddhist,” or someone who “had shown up in my sacristy drunk, or high on drugs.”

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