Is it true that Pres. Obama is slated to give a eulogy during a Funeral Mass for the late Sen. Kennedy?
I am not quite sure, but this is what the news reports are suggesting.
I’m just askin’
Q. 1) When were eulogies during a Mass approved?
Q. 2) Should Sen. Kennedy have a Catholic funeral?
Q. 3) Will the sight of the most aggressively pro-abortion President in history giving a eulogy, in a Catholic church… during a Mass… for the most aggressively pro-abortion Catholic Senator give scandal to the Catholic faithful?
A. 1) They haven’t been approved. The Rite of Christian Funerals 141 says: “A brief homily based on the readings is always given after the gospel reading at the funeral liturgy and may also be given after the readings at the vigil service; but there is never to be a eulogy.” The 2000 GIRM 338 says: "At the funeral Mass there should as a rule be a short homily, but never a eulogy of any kind. The homily is also recommended at other Masses for the dead celebrated with a congregation."
A. 2) Perhaps. It depends on whether he showed some adequate sign of repentance before his death. We have to be lenient on that point. Given what I heard of Sen. Kennedy’s last hours, I would not fuss too much about this. I am disturbed, because of his decades long unrepentant support of abortion, and the scandal that caused… but… the Church’s law is very lenient. Thank God.
A. 3) Scandal? D’ya think?
I want to believe that the soul of Ted Kennedy will someday see God face to face. I desire this for every soul. I know that not all souls will see God… but I sincerely desire all to be saved through … whatever… loophole… bolthole… I don’t care. God let him be saved.
Do rules which are supposed to apply to all Catholic apply to Sen. Kennedy?
He seems to be The Exception. He is like … what… European Royalty?
Are there special rules in the Catholic Church for the Kennedy Clan?
He can be strongly pro-choice and be courted by Cardinals.
He can have the pro-abortion President of the United States deliver a eulogy at his Funeral Mass.
Do canon law and liturgical law apply to the Kennedy Clan?
The visual image for the TV coverage could be … maybe… the pic from the Vatican’s Secret Archives of the Bull granting Henry VIII a divorce.
The swirling TV CGI graphics for the funeral.
The title swishes in over meaningful music.
In bleeds (sorry) an image of the Bull.
As it recedes, with old videos of the life of beloved Teddy… Dux, and perhaps old Masses before the Council.
The thematic title for the network news coverage, just as elaborate for, say, a bear stuck in a tree or maybe a car chase, ….
Will they, as royalty, receive Holy Communion?
If it is a funeral Mass, who will say the Mass and who will recieve? And why?
Will the Obama Kennedy Eulogy be Notre Dame II?