It’s Lent in Washington D.C.

No, not I’m talking about the election or national politics. I mean the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington D.C.  Suddenly, after being embarrassed by an orthodox priest who refused communion to a manifest public sinner, the bishop has removed Fr. Guarzino from ministry. Why? Because “over the past week or so” there have been “credible allegations that Father Guarnizo has engaged in intimidating behavior towards parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry.”

“Over the past week or so”? “Intimidating behavior”? Removal of faculties? Seriously?

I am going to be sick.

I don’t know anything about Fr. Guarnizo. It’s theoretically possible, I suppose, that he’s a pathological bully with control issues who needs psychiatric help. Oh, and this just became known last week. By coincidence, of course.

But I doubt it. More likely he’s a dedicated, orthodox Catholic priest standing up for the truth and being persecuted for it.  There’s a lot of that going around lately. Pray for him, please, and for all priests in the desert this Lent.

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