I’ve been hearing a lot about this story

It’s really hard to tell from the press what actually happened. It sounds like the priest was, shall we say, particularly pastorally inept, but without knowing *all* of what he said it’s difficult to tell if upset relatives are simply keying in on a portion of what the priest said (“If it weren’t for Jesus, ol’ Ben here would be going straight to hell”) and blowing it out of proportion or if the priest was really such a chucklehead as to declare the deceased damned. At the very least, he appears to be a member of the Less than Socially Attuned Club. There is a time for the discussion of such matters. Funerals aren’t that time.