Catholic priest at teenager's funeral condemns 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.
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," .
But the priest used the service at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic church to attack their child.
"He was up there condemning our son, pretty much calling him a sinner," Mr Hullibarger said. "He wondered if he had repented enough to make it to heaven. He said 'suicide' upwards of six times."