Lesbian denied communion at her mother's funeral. Okay...let me weigh in here. It's complicated- for sure. Priest believes woman is living in sin, on her way to hell, doesn't want to give communion- gotcha.
Woman is grieving. Her mother is dead. She is a Catholic and delivering the eulogy.
Do you administer communion and deny your interpretation of Scripture or move with compassion and let this woman take communion?
It's difficult- for sure- especially since Catholics don't believe
that communion is just a "mundane, ritualistic tradition" but the
literal body of Christ being translated...Hmmm...
What would Jesus do...
Religion vs. Love
The right move would have been to address the issue way before the
funeral and if the priest had that big of an issue, either not had
communion for anyone--or let the woman hold the funeral somewhere
Since that didn't happen, I can say the Priest was INEPT in more ways than one...
If the Priest truly felt there was an issue...maybe he could have had
her say something before taking communion...like led her in some sort of
short prayer that would have appeased his conscience administering
it--but even then--I think that's a bit unfair to this poor woman.
Maybe he should have just administered it and let God deal with
whatever sin God feels needs to be dealt with (there are plenty more
"sins" listed in the Bible.
Either way--to isolate this woman in front of mourners is just plain wrong.
Since he made the mistake by not addressing the issue beforehand, I
think he should have kept his mouth shut, given her communion, and said a
few Hail Mary's afterward...
He chose religion over love and compassion---and that is never Jesus' way.
Just my .02...