Picture the scene… your father has died suddenly, and you are by your mother’s side ready to support her when in stumbles a drunk priest! This tragic joke did not, however, leave the widow laughing!
Shocked by His Father’s Death
The Original Poster’s (OP) father passed away a few weeks ago, which was a big shock to the family.
Devout Catholic Family
OP’s parents are devout Catholics who have a strong bond with their parish priest. So OP’s mother requested that he perform the funeral, and he accepted and expressed a desire.
Rumors Spread About the Priest
For years, there have been rumors about this man and the fact that he enjoys a drink or two. There have also been reports about the priest drinking before mass.
OP’s parents never took them seriously and thought it shocking for fake news to spread.
Man of the Cloth… and Bottle
On the day of the funeral, it became painfully evident that these rumors held some truth.
OP could not stop laughing as the priest was fumbling around, mispronouncing his father’s name, and frequently burping throughout the service.
Clown or Clergyman?
The sheer absurdity of the situation proved overwhelming, and even OP’s grandparents joined in the laughter.
His Brother’s Laughed Too
OP’s brothers were smiling as well, but their ability to control better helped them cover up their laughter.
Head Down, Mouth Shut
Plus, OP didn’t complete the reading he was supposed to because he knew he wouldn’t be able to because of the situation, but he did keep his mouth shut and head down.
The Fall of the Priest
The breaking point came when the priest fell down the steps of the altar, resulting in an outburst of laughter from the family.
They Had to Call For a Blessed Backup
As if all of that wasn’t horrible enough, another priest was called, and he met the family at the cemetery and assisted the priest, preventing him from attempting to assist with lowering the casket because he believed the priest would have fallen inside.
His Mom Couldn’t See the Funny Side
Everyone was smiling and controlling their laughter, but OP burst out.
His mother, who was weeping, saw it and got angry.
Show Some Respect
She claimed it was abhorrent for OP to laugh, calling him disrespectful to a man of God, the church, and her and OP’s father.
His Family Tried to Stick Up for Him
His brothers and grandparents defended OP, but his mother claimed that since none of them cared about religion, the family could not comprehend the disrespect as she did.
He Meant No Disrespect
OP says he didn’t mean to disrespect anyone and apologized, but his mother still finds it disrespectful and is furious with OP.
He took to Reddit to ask for opinions, and many sided with OP.
Not the One at Fault
One Reddit user pointed out that OP’s mother should be angry with the priest who was the one disrespecting her religion.
The comment read, “Your mother thinks you disrespected the “man of God,” the church, your dad, and her? I would think she would think that the priest was the one being disrespectful to all parties by being drunk while conducting a funeral.”
Priests Should Face Consequences
Another Redditor wrote, “Your Mom is mad at you for laughing, but not at the priest who was hammered? She thinks you’re disrespectful of the religion, but gives the priest a pass?
No disrespect to your mum, but she needs to get some perspective and re-evaluate what she sees as acceptable. It’s these attitudes which have allowed some priests to get away with abuse for so long.”
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