Hate and ignorance aren't what you would normally expect to find inside the hallowed walls of a church, but for a group of mourners at a funeral being held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlotte Hall, Maryland that is just what they got.
Funeral-goers were memorializing the life of 54-year-old Agnes Theresa Hicks when someone accidentally knocked over one of the church's golden cups. That's when all hell broke loose. Reverend Michael Briese, who was about to conduct the ceremony, exploded with rage and told the mourners to "get the hell out" of his church.
Family and friends were stunned by the supposed man of God's behavior and together with the funeral director asked the reverend to reconsider. But he wouldn't have it. Instead, he called the predominantly black group a bunch of "crackheads, prostitutes, and thieves."
The situation got so out of hand that the police were called and the 300 attendees left the church in tears
to look for another church where they could give Ms. Hicks a proper homegoing. The way Rev. Briese behaved towards these mourners is inexcusable.
And the fact that he would lash out at them on such a tragic day and with such hateful words says something about how he really feels about the people in his community.
A man of God is supposed to be loving, understanding and above all forgiving. Rev. Briese's behavior proves that he is none of those things.
The Archdiocese of Washington needs to take action and remove Briese from St. Mary's Catholic. Sign to tell the church that there is no excuse for racism in the house of God. Tell the Archdiocese of Washington they need to take action and remove Briese from St. Mary's Catholic Church.
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