Michigan priest criticized teen who killed himself at funeral

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said it regrets that a priest officiating at a teen’s funeral questioned whether he would get to heaven after killing himself.

Maison Hullibarger’s father tells the Detroit Free Press that he asked the priest to stop talking during the December 8 funeral Mass. But Jeff Hullibarger said the Rev. Don LaCuesta continued giving a critical sermon at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Temperance.

Hullibarger said 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 said LaCuesta will not preach at funerals “for the foreseeable future.”

An athlete and honors student, Maison died on December 4. He was 18 years old. 

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