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Catholic Church Cancels Funeral of Gay Businessman

27 Jun

Our Lady of the Rosary Church

According to San Diego’s LGBT Weekly, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church has cancelled the funeral of gay business owner John Sanfilippo.

The funeral mass originally scheduled for Thursday, June 30th was cancelled because priests at the church felt “uncomfortable” with Sanfilippo’s relationship with Brian Galvin. The two had been together for 30 years.

San Diego City Councilor Nicole Murray Ramirez, a longtime friend to Sanfilippo said:

“Sadly this situation is reminiscent of the 2005 incident when the Roman Catholic Dioceses of San Diego refused to say a funeral mass for the late gay businessman John McCusker.”

Murray Ramirez and other Catholic supporters will be reciting the rosary in front of Our Lady of the Rosary today at 5 p.m. to call for a clarification from the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of San Diego regarding the burial of LGBT Catholics.