Very disturbing, very powerful, very typical of where the Christian Right, the Romneys, the Santorums, and Christian leaders want to take us. Back to the Middle Ages, where the State and the Church are nearly interchangeable.
And this priest denied a woman a Catholic graveside service, because her DAUGHTER is a lesbian? These are the religious doctrinal disputes that this country's Founders knew would doom any democracy, leading them to establish the principle of separation of church & state.
For a democracy must be by the people, and for the people. Representing ALL the people equally, and so be color blind, and gender/orientation blind, and blind to conflicting religious beliefs.
Yet the Roman Catholic Church, and other religions, have declared war on our secular Constitution, demanding that our laws be made to reflect their religious beliefs. This incident in Maryland was a religious one, but provides insights into where radical Christians want to take this country.
To remake the United States of American into the United States of Christ. And political leaders like Rick Santorum have publicly said as much.