Go Without God, Says Catholic Priest to Missouri Lesbian

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor
Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

A Missouri lesbian couple said their Catholic priest denied them from receiving communion after he discovered their relationship. According to a recent article by Fox 4 News, Carol Parker and her partner of nearly 20 years, Josephine Martin, said that they were members of Saint Columban Catholic Church for 12 years, serving as lectors and singing in the choir.

But when Parker's mother died on December 26, and the obituary noted that she was survived by a son, a daughter and her daughter's partner, the priest said that communion was a no-go.

"He had called me the day of the rosary and said he wouldn't be able to give us communion because of our same-sex relationship," Parker told Fox 4 News. "It was very important to me, my last opportunity to worship here at the church with her."

Parker said that although the funeral was "very important to me my last opportunity to worship here at the church with her," that she will never step foot in that church again. She and her partner have found another church an hour away that welcomed them.

Fox 4 News said that they attempted to speak with Father Benjamin Kneib, but were told that he did not wish to comment.

"My faith is strong enough that I wasn't going to let this deter me to go to church," she said.

Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women's news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


  • Wayne M., 2014-02-11 20:40:09

    Jesus said to His followers that if they were not welcome to wipe the dust off their feet and leave. Carol and Josephine can take comfort in knowing there are authentic Christian communities where they are welcome, can receive Holy Communion and are even welcome to ministry. There are authentic Christian communities that will celebrate their marriage. I left the Roman Catholic Church years ago for a more accepting denomination and have never been sorry for doing so.

  • , 2014-02-12 17:38:28

    I am also an ex catholic, for the same reason, I was kicked out because of being gay. If people are so worried about us and how we will corrupt the world, why don’t they sit down with their kids and watch all the violence on t.v. now a days. Their is more nudity on t.v and murders and swearing on t.v. then I can ever remember. And tell me that is not corrupting our kids, plus the violent games they have now a days, please people look around you, it’s not the gay community that is wrecking this world, it’s the straight community for letting all this crap on t.v. for the kids to see and learn to do.

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