Several months ago my wife prematurely delivered a child without the assistance of a nurse for twenty minutes and without the assistance of a physician for an hour in a major metropolitan hospital. Suffice it to say, the child died. When we had been told there was a problem with the baby we asked for a Catholic priest, but were told none was available so my wife performed an emergency baptism on her own.
The next day we made four additional requests to the hospital for a Catholic priest, contacted our own parish which said it was too busy, the diocesan office, and the Catholic Pro Life Committee here in Dallas to get assistance with planning a funeral, Last Rites, etc. all of which were ignored or we were told that the organization was "too busy."
We have communicated with our local parish and wrote to the bishop when we got nowhere. That was over a month ago and we still have not heard back. We have told our parish we are leaving yet still get the donation envelopes despite the fact that they have denied us Communion after the death of a child, denied us a Catholic funeral, etc. without any explanation.
Since the Roman Catholic Church claims to be in favor of families I am trying to understand why they would deny a child a Catholic funeral and why they would not provide any support to a family after the death of a premature infant. I thought to be Catholic meant we actually cared about family, children, and so forth. My question is how do I get the attention of my bishop on this matter since he has thus far ignored the issue.