Priest Blames Gay Activists for Funeral Controversy

By Winston Gieseke

Originally published on Advocate.com June 30 2011 6:40 PM ET

A San Diego priest has reportedly accused gay activists of setting up a recent controversy involving a local gay parishioner’s funeral at his church.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Our Lady of the Rosary Church had initially declined to host the funeral services for longtime member John Sanfilippo because he was gay. By the time the church gave its consent, funeral arrangements had been made elsewhere.

On Wednesday, San Diego–based religious website California Catholic Daily posted a story that quoted a parishioner as saying that in a recent mass at Our Lady of the Rosary, Father Louis Solcia claimed the controversy was a “setup” by gay activists.

This occurred the same day the diocese of San Diego blamed the funeral’s initial cancellation on “a visiting priest” who they say “was not familiar with local practice.”

According to San Diego's Channel 10 News, local gay activists were unclear about these “local practices.”

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