TEMPERANCE (CBS Detroit/AP) — A Michigan priest is under fire after condemning suicide at a teenagers funeral.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit says it regrets that a priest officiating at a teen’s funeral questioned whether he would get to heaven after killing himself.READ MORE: Detroit Tourism Seeks Rebound After Year Lost To Pandemic
Maison Hullibarger’s father tells the Detroit Free Press that he asked the priest to stop talking during the Dec. 8 funeral Mass. But Jeff Hullibarger says the Rev. Don LaCuesta continued giving a critical sermon at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Temperance.READ MORE: HFH 'Grub With Gratitude' Rewards Healthcare Workers, While Supporting Local Restaurants
Hullibarger says some mourners left the church crying.
The archdiocese released a statement Thursday saying it’s sorry that an “unbearable situation was made even more difficult.” The archdiocese says LaCuesta will not preach at funerals “for the foreseeable future.”MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Eighteen-year-old Maison died on Dec. 4. He was an athlete and honors student.