As I have been repeating, the funeral for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy is still forcing us to think, and discuss, a) what funerals are for, b) what public scandal is.
Many people are now confused. Confusion is precisely one of the things scandal causes.
I don’t think people are so upset by the fact that Sen. Kennedy should have a funeral. Most Catholics would probably say, yes, he should have had a funeral.
But funerals are for the purpose of praying for the soul of the deceased.
The Kennedy funeral gave the impression that those gathered were praying to the late Senator.
Where we as Catholics want to offer prayers for the soul of the pro-abortion advocate, hoping that he found forgiveness and asking God for mercy, instead we got an apotheosis.
I don’t think most Catholics, even conservatives, would have objected to a discreet funeral. They do object to the vast public celebration of the life of the long-time advocate of abortion rights.
They don’t object to the fact that the late Senator tried to help the poor in many ways during his years in the Senate. They do object to his advocacy of abortion rights despite the fact that he was Catholic, infamously Catholic.
Here is something very interesting from Lifesite:
Tuesday September 8, 2009
First US Bishop to Decry the "Scandal" of the Kennedy Funeral
By John-Henry Westen
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, September 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, retired Roman Catholic Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas has denounced the "scandal" of the Kennedy funeral. Writing on his blog, Bishop Gracida said, "There was so much wrong with the funeral liturgy celebrated in Boston last Saturday for Senator Edward Moore Kennedy that I hardly know where to begin."
He added: "Aside from the impropriety of such a grandiose celebration for one of the country’s most notorious dissident Catholics, the ‘celebration’ was filled with liturgical errors and transgressions against the General Instruction of the Roman Missal which governs every celebration of the Church’s liturgy."
Rather than going into specifics about the abuses himself, Bishop Gracida posted commentaries by lay and clerical pro-life leaders who identified the gravity of the scandal. "I am afraid that if I, a bishop, were to go into the details of the scandal it would only add to the scandal and so I will let the laity speak to it," he said.
Bishop Gracida reposted several commentaries from lay leaders in the pro-life movement in various posts. He, however, gave special attention to the commentary by Phil Lawler of Catholic World News. Said Bishop Gracida: "It is not unreasonable to suggest that the ‘buck’ for the scandal of the secular extravaganza which obscured the sacred liturgical nature of the Kennedy funeral should stop at the desk of the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston. Again, since I do not want to directly criticize another bishop, I leave it to the laity to analyze the true nature of that celebration. I give the final word to a layman for whom I have a great deal of respect: Phillip Lawler."
To read Lawler’s commentaries on the Kennedy funeral extravaganza in full click here.
See Bishop Gracida’s blog here.
Nota bene: This is a retired bishop.
But a pebble can start a rock slide can start an avalanche.