Bishop Michael Bransfield wrote the following in his public statement on the death of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV):
The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston offers its most sincere condolences to the Byrd family, and we pray during this difficult time that family and loved ones will remember that Senator Byrd is now at peace with the Risen Lord and, with his late wife Erma Ora Byrd, is experiencing Perfect Joy.
Really? Not even a little time in Purgatory? Does he know something we don’t about a deathbed reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation?