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#MourningWhileBlack: Priest Calls Cops on Black Funeral-Goers

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A Catholic priest has been placed on leave after exploding at mourners waiting in the sanctuary for a funeral, reportedly telling them to “get the hell out of my church.” Footage of the incident shows the argument going on feet away from an open casket holding the deceased woman. Rev Michael Briese, who is in his 60s, was filmed angrily speaking with people at St. Mary’s Church in Charlotte Hall, Maryland.

In a June 28 letter to the local newspaper the Maryland Independent, Rev Briese talked about how his anger “spilled out in a torrent” after seeing a goblet used in the Mass to symbolise Jesus’ blood damaged by a funeral guest. After the blowup between Rev Briese and mourners standing beside the open casket of Agnes Hicks, dozens of people reportedly streamed out of the sanctuary with the casket into a parking lot, where police cars called by Rev Briese were arriving, according to a video report by Fox5-WTTG-DC.

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