I discovered on another blog that a poll is up on whether or not Fr. Guarnizo should be disciplined for refusing communion to Barbara Johnson at her mom's funeral. I went to the source and checked 'no'. You can do it too, click here.
Polls like this mean absolutely nothing. My opinion here means even less. But I don't think the priest should be sent into exile over this unfortunate episode.
Chances are that he will be however. Or at least silenced.
If it happened here - or I should say, if it happened here a few years ago, the priest might lose his teaching position at the diocesan college and sent to an out of the way parish. Or he could be reassigned as a chaplain to an obscure nursing home and instructed not to speak publicly. Or he might just be suspended indefinitely for psychological evaluation. In other situations, a priest might be called back to the diocese he conveniently incardinated himself in, or, he may be exiled from the diocese he originally sought refuge from the liberals in. They do these things to very strict, traditionalist priests. No matter how much those who support them protest.
In the meantime people opine and souls are lost.
Bonus: An amazing factoid. Did you know that priests have been known to withhold communion to communicants who knelt to receive? It happened in churches near me. It never made the news.