Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Some questions about today's funeral

Brian Lenihan 1959 - 2011

Today the funeral of the former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan was held in in Dublin. May he rest in peace.

I have some questions.

Why were the Archbishop of Dublin and 23 (celebrant + 22) other priests at his funeral? Why? Why? Why?

What about the separation of Church and State that our politicians and media continually harp on about?

And finally, who ever decided that giving a round of applause to chief mourners at a funeral was a good idea?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Other issues, including flags and eulogies, have been raised here http://mccamley.org/blog/flags-and-other-matters

I think if priests attend in numbers they should not concelebrate.

The Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Irish Commission for Liturgy warned in November 2003that "It should be borne in mind that the Funeral Mass is primarily an act of praise of God; it would therefore go against the spirit of the liturgy if it is perceived that a person’s social status can directly influence the celebration of the liturgy.

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