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Local and national media expressed interest in documenting Fuller's suicide, as made clear by this and other posts on Fuller's page: Later this week the filming crew from KING-5 will be here documenting my journey. Choosing DWD [Death With Dignity] gives me the chance to have closure with friends and for old acquaintances to re-connect. Two dioceses have cited canon 1184 to address such instances. Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois wrote, "Unless they have given some signs of repentance before death, deceased persons who had lived openly in a same-sex marriage giving public scandal to the faithful are to be deprived of ecclesiastical funeral rites." And in an October 2017 note, the vicar general for the diocese of Madison, Wisconsin wrote, "If the situation warrants (see canon 1184, specifically canon 1184.1.3), ecclesiastical funeral rites may be denied for manifest sinners in which public scandal of the faithful can't be avoided." Sartain justified his approval based on "pastoral" reasons, while failing to consider that his "pastoral" response caused public scandal by giving the appearance that the Church minimizes the gravity of Fuller's choices.More appropriate pastoral responses would have consisted of private prayer and counseling for the grieving family, or the possibility of a low-key graveside service without a Mass.A March 16 Facebook post by Fuller appears to contradict Dupont's claims of ignorance, as CNA first reported. He claims he would "absolutely" not have given Fuller a blessing had he known of his suicide plans, yet praises Sartain for choosing a far more controversial and significant course of action: full Catholic funeral rites.After announcing his decision to kill himself by taking 100 Seconal capsules, Fuller writes, "And my pastor/sponsor has given me his blessings. A blessing is a minor affair compared to a public Catholic funeral Mass, yet Dupont claims he would've objected to giving the blessing while giving full approval to a funeral Mass. The Seattle archdiocese doubled down on its claims in its Aug.
His funeral has also clearly caused public scandal.
Critics have noted the dishonesty of the archdiocese's initial Aug.
27 response, which deflected attention onto the priest who gave the final blessing while wholly failing to mention the part the archbishop played. frequently offered Mass at the parish and was asked by Fuller to give the final blessing.
The archbishop of Seattle, Washington approved Catholic funeral rites for an active, unrepentant homosexual whose highly publicized suicide party involved "marrying" his gay partner while being accompanied by clairvoyants. In 2014 he was criticized for allowing the funeral Mass of a homosexual priest who had admitted to abusing as many as 10 boys.
Peter Sartain has gotten in hot water over a funeral.Fuller was not going to change his mind, the pastor reached out to his leadership to discuss the situation.