US Catholic Priest Shames Teen Who Committed Suicide

Parents of a teenage boy who took his own life have complained after their Catholic priest criticised him at the funeral for killing himself, the BBC has reported.

According to the BBC, Father Don LaCuesta in the service questioned whether Maison Hullibarger, 18, would enter heaven, horrifying his parents and family.

The Archdiocese of Detroit have relieved Father LaCuesta from funeral duties, but the family want him fired.

Catholicism has traditionally taught that suicide is an unforgiveable sin.

Only recently has the church said that extreme psychological stress could mean forgiveness for those who take their own lives.

Maison, from Temperance, Michigan, took his own life on 4 December.

His parents Jeff and Linda Hullibarger sought the help of their priest, Father LaCuesta, before the funeral.

“We wanted him to celebrate how Maison lived, not how he died,” Ms, Hullibarger was quoted as telling the Detriot Free Press.

But the priest used the service at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic church to attack their child.


  1. When Yeshua (Jesus) was on earth, one of the major teachings He left for us and which reverberate through Holy Scripture, is that we should show compassion and love to one another. This is for any priest too.
    Rather than create a toxic environment, it would have been more helpful if he had displayed more concern for the bereaved and left judgement exactly where it should always rest – with the Lord.
    Unfortunately, it is uncaring attitudes like this which drive people away instead of being the beacon of light which draws believers and non-believers alike, towards the Saviour of the world, Jesus.

  2. Shame we dont know more about the young man,shame he reached the end of the tunnel,and could not in his mind find a way out to his problems.Shame his relatives and friends,did not help him

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