From a reader:
I was reading your post regarding “Masses for things instead of for people”. I remeber reading The Prophecies of Anne Catherine Emmerich, and reading this: ‘more Protestant souls stayed in Purgatory the longest not because they were worse than anyone else, but because so few people prayed for the repose of their souls or offered up Masses for their soul.’
Since both my parents were Protestant, would it be permissible to have a Mass said for them? I mentioned this to one priest who used to be at our parish and he didn’t seem too keen on the idea, although he never gave a direct ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
Yes! It is not only permissible, it is laudable to pray for the dead, Catholic, non-Catholic, Christian, non-Christian.
It is a work of mercy to pray for the dead.
People don’t have to be Catholic for us to pray for them…. early and often.
Also, this is not about having a funeral for non-Catholics. That is a different matter.