As we know there's been disagreement within the parish over how and to whom Communion is distributed. From my perspective this disagreement and related emotions flow from love. Love for Christ, really and truly present in the Eucharist. However, how we live out this love is important. The Scriptures tell us that we are known above all by how we love. I realize this letter is hard to hear. Please keep mind that this is a first personnel issue, dealing with issues of ministry in the church. Father Guarnizo will have every opportunity to present his position."
-- Rev Thomas LaHood before reading a letter to parishioners that Father Michael Guarnizo, the priest who refused to serve a lesbian communion during her mother's funeral and refused to continue the service, has been placed on paid leave. LaHood specified that the punishment wasn't for his boorish actions at the funeral home but for "engaging in intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry."