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ASK FATHER: Viewing of bodies in church in front of Blessed Sacrament

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was wondering on how the practice of having viewings before a funeral Mass in Church began? It seems that this practice is becoming more and more common. It seems to me that church viewings are inappropriate because … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m dying and I want for my funeral…

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am dying and planning my funeral. I like the formulations in the old Latin funeral more than in the Novus Ordo. Can English translations of the old mass be substituted for parts of the new Mass? The … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is a priest necessary for a burial?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When my Dad died in August we had his funeral mass. He requested cremation and he was cremated following the funeral mass. With the process of interment in a national cemetery (he had served in the … Continue reading

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Court upholds monks right to make and sell caskets

A small triumph for freedom of religion and a free market. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: St. Joseph Abbey casket sales can’t be stopped by funeral industry, federal court rules A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that monks at St. … Continue reading

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Fr. Hugh Twaites, SJ – R.I.P.

I saw this on the site of His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Finigan, whom I hope to see fairly soon: A correspondent just sent me news of the death of Fr Hugh Thwaites SJ earlier today. I had the privilege of meeting … Continue reading

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A POLL provoked by your email! What color of vestments for your funeral?

There is a truly bizarre story coming to me in email about a rumor that His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, is now requiring priests to use either violet or black vestments for funerals rather than … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can I be a pall bearer for my non-Catholic grandfather’s funeral?

From a reader: My Grandfather died yesterday, may he rest in peace, and he was a Presbyterian. My immediate family including my Grandfather’s eldest child (my Mother) are Roman Catholics (my Mother is a convert). As a Catholic, I am … Continue reading

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An American bishop calls the Kennedy funeral a “scandal”

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 … Continue reading

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A parish priest’s feedback about the funeral of Sen. Kennedy

I have received a great deal of feedback by e-mail from readers concerning my comments on the funeral of the late Edward Kennedy, pro-abortion Catholic Senator. Most of the feedback was what you might expect: we should celebrate Kennedy’s life, … Continue reading

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POLL: What color vestments for your own funeral?

Originally posted on 20 August… Under other entries people are talking about the strange term "Mass of Resurrection". They are also talking about the color of vestments for funerals, including their own preferences. What would you prefer for your own … Continue reading

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