A BRITISH vicar has caused a Spanish priest to commit sacrilege and sparked off a religious row, after taking communion at a Catholic church.
Reverend Jenny Lancaster, a retired Church of England vicar, was invited to take part in the Eucharist by Juan de Jesus Baez, a parish priest in the rural Andalucian town of Alora.
However, after photos of the Newcastle-based vicar holding a chalice appeared online, the Mexican-born parish priest was scolded by his bosses at the Diocese of Malaga.
In a statement released on Tuesday, they said: “Catholic priests and ministers of non-Catholic churches or religious communities can’t both take part in the celebration of the Eucharist.”
Jesus Baez was forced to issue a grovelling apology in which he confessed to committing a sin.
“I am very repentant. I ask for forgiveness from God and the Church. I am surprised by all the upset it has caused; I have unwittingly sinned,” he said.
He added: “I am very fond of Reverend Jenny. She is a woman of God.”
The retired Anglican vicar has a holiday home in Alora and is well-known in the local area.
She had previously attended a communion at the Roman Catholic Iglesia de la Encarnacion in 2017 without anyone noticing the sin.