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Priest tosses Black family out of funeral

By Orlando Advocate

A Maryland priest went on a rant during a funeral after a chalice was bumped and accidentally knocked to the floor. Michael Briese, who is white, went ballistic in an episode caught on cellphone video, demanded the family members leave “his” church and called the police to make sure they did.

The black family was one of many who came out to the Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte Hall to celebrate the homegoing of the deceased Agnes Hicks. One of the family members accidentally knocked over the chalice and Briese got angry, yelling at the family and telling them to get out, according to TV station Fox 5.

Shanice Chisely, the daughter of Agnes Hicks was appalled by the priest’s behavior.

“He literally got on the mic and said, ‘there will be no funeral, there will be no mass, no repass. Everyone get the hell out of my church.”


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