Bil Browning

Catholics Deny Gay Man Funeral

Filed By Bil Browning | June 30, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Catholic church, refusing service, San Diego

Catholic church officials originally banned a gay man's funeral from Thumbnail image for funeral.jpgthe church he attended, but changed their mind after a community uproar.

Businessman John Sanfilippo, who died last week, had been a member of Our Lady of the Rosary in Little Italy for decades and even left money to the church in his will. His family, however, was informed last weekend that the church would be unable to host his funeral services, although ultimately, church officials released a statement saying they would allow the funeral.

The chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, Rodrigo Valdivia, sent an email saying, "Diocesan Authorities have concluded that the funeral as scheduled at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish may take place. Plans for the ritual are yet to be made," in addition to offering an apology.

Sanfilippo's family, however, have made other arrangements now and I don't blame them in the least. If I were them, I'd also contest that bequest to the church. If they don't want to allow his funeral, they shouldn't take his gift. But when has the Catholic Church ever been one to give up cash?


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Bil it is disappointing to see the lack of response to this article. The Catholic Church claims it is not a sin to be homosexual only to act on it yet they stoop to this low against someone that not only attended their church for decades but also financially supported it. Very shameful and disrespectful stuff. May he rest in piece despite this unfortunate act that has prevented him from being sent off from a place he obviously loved more than they loved him.