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Friday, March 25, 2005

Update: San Diego Bishop Apologizes

Thanks, MailToBloggers, the San Diego bishop who refused a funeral for a gay man has seen the error of his ways and issued an apology. Your letters were a big help.

Bishop apologizes for barring Catholic funeral of gay nightclub owner
Brom promises to hold memorial mass at USD church

UNION-TRIBUNE March 21, 2005

SAN DIEGO – The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego apologized Monday to the family of gay nightclub owner John McCusker, less than a week after decreeing that McCusker couldn't have a Catholic burial because of his "business activities," according to a statement released by McCusker's family.

In a stunning twist to a controversy that has created an uproar in the San Diego gay and Catholic communities, Bishop Robert Brom also promised to preside at a mass in memory of McCusker at The Immaculata Catholic church on the campus of the University of San Diego.
It was only last week that the bishop forced The Immaculata to cancel McCusker's funeral, declaring that no parish within the diocese, which includes San Diego and Imperial Counties, could hold a Catholic funeral for him.
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