Spurs fans wanting to show their team spirit at their loved one’s grave should probably think twice before you leave any decorations.
Monica Diaz-Lopez, the owner of Diaz Florist on the city’s Westside, says her customers have been complaining that their Spurs flowers and decorations are just getting tossed in the garbage.
Diaz-Lopez says the management at the cemetery told her it was because the Spurs decorations and altars were not “spiritual in nature” and “goes against the overall morals of the Catholic Church.”
“Customers are upset about it, they spend money to celebrate their favorite team with loved ones who have passed, and they’re getting told ‘it’s not allowed,’” she said. “How would it be disrespecting other graves if that's something that their loved ones loved so much?”
After calling other Catholic cemeteries, Diaz-Lopez said to her surprise several allowed it.
“San Fernando Cemetery II, allows Easter bunnies and Santa Clause decorations but not Spurs stuff?” she said confused. “If that’s the case they shouldn’t allow that either, because according to them that wouldn’t be ‘Catholic-enough either.’”
1200 WOAI reached out to the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Deacon Pat Rodgers, the spokesperson said it’s a matter of discretion.
“The cemetery is a sacred place, like a church,” Rodgers said. “You wouldn’t put ‘Go Spurs Go’ banners on an alter in a Church… it’s not proper in a cemetery.”
Rodgers says it’s always been a matter of policy, and it’s been established, but some cemeteries enforce it more than others. The guidelines for San Fernando Cemetery II say: ‘Only those decorations that reflect the spiritual nature of Christian Death and Life will be permitted in the cemetery.’
“Families with loved ones buried in San Fernando Cemetery II should the rules about leaving of what’s appropriate to leave at grave-sites,” he said. “Posted signs say decorations not appropriate will be removed… no one should be surprised this is happening.”
Diaz-Lopez says Spurs-themed flowers and decorations don’t have to be ‘catholic enough’ to be permitted, especially because celebrating the Spurs is not only apart of the City’s culture but decorating a loved-ones grave is an even bigger tradition in the Hispanic community.
“How can [management at the cemetery] able to pick and choose what they feel is morally correct and morally not correct,” she said. “It’s a matter of opinion, and it becomes theirs versus everybody else’s.”