A Catholic priest in Michigan faces criticism after presiding over the funeral of an 1
The parents want the priest who led the funeral to be removed after saying that he had degraded and condemned their son during the service.
The 18-year-old Maison Hullibarger, a student student, died on December 4. His funeral took place on December 8, and Rev. Don LaCuesta told the Mass.
LaCuesta mentions "suicide" six times and wondered aloud if the teenager would have regretted enough to go to heaven, Hullibarger's family said. At some point, Jeff Hullibarger, the teenager's father, went to the priest and whispered, "Father, please stop," in vain.
"We wanted him to celebrate how Maison lived, not how he died," says Maison's mother.
The words were so wounded that the family said Detroit Catholic officials apologized in a statement to the Detroit Free Press. Hullibarger's parents want LaCuesta to be removed from his post in Monroe County, south of Detroit.
"Everyone seems out of the Catholic Church," Jeff Hullibarger said.
The couple also claims that LaCuesta denied them the chance to have their son, as previously discussed. Several boys of the same age as Maison left the church were crying, the couple said.
"People told me there was almost a grin on his face," Jeff Hullibarger said.
The Catholic Church has withdrawn its severity attitude to suicide in recent years and finding that it can be forgiven in certain circumstances.
The Archdiocese of Detroit, in a statement issued on Thursday, stated that its hope was "to always bring consolation through funeral ceremonies." On the love and the healing power of Christ "and that" unfortunately this did not happen in this case. "
" After some reflection, the president agrees that the family was not served because it should have served them. For the foreseeable future, he will not preach at funerals and his other sermons will be reviewed by a priest-mentor.
The Hullibargers said an apology was not enough.
"Really, just to achieve this, this priest must be removed. We are afraid that they will send him off, like the Catholic Church, and he will do it to someone else, "said Jeff Hullibarger.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.