Saturday, August 29, 2009

What A Circus

Wow. Cardinal Sean O'Malley just thanked Barry the Butcher for speaking at the funeral of Teddy K.

You gotta be kidding me.

But to his credit, as they began to recess out he did not go to shake Obama's hand, he went to the family instead.

I didn't see the whole thing, I'll try to catch it later on repeat. But I have reports that the Prayer of the Faithful was nothing more than a slew of liberal campaign slogans. But what did we expect? Something remotely Catholic coming out of Boston?

What I do know is that there were at least three eulogies given. The GIRM is specific on this:

382. At the Funeral Mass there should, as a rule, be a short homily, but never a eulogy of any kind.

But the Archdiocese of Boston has their own rules:

18. Following the prayer after Communion and before the Final Commendation, only one speaker, a member or a friend of the family, may speak for not more than five minutes in remembrance of the deceased.

It doesn't appear that the Archdiocese is able to follow their own policies. I heard three speakers and they spoke for around 45 minutes.

I've been told the camera's went to Placido Domingo during Communion. I will try to find out which baby killer was given the Eucharist.


Anonymous said...

And which protestants! The Clintons and President Bush were there, they are not Catholics and should not receive.

One prayer at the petitions was along the lines of "That all Americans may have healthcare as a basic human right." With the implication, of course, that the government would provide it!

Pray that Obama converts to Catholicism. Anything is possible.

Scr. Area Catholic

Anonymous said...

We can be sure that Bishop Martino would not have allowed this to take place in his Diocese. He would have gotten alot of flack from the allegid "Catholics" in this area, but he would have stood firm and resolute. Obama could have and should have given the euology somewhere else. The Liberals love their Seperation of Church and State- but only when it works to their advantage it seems.

But- I will say this: almost every bishop in the country rightly went after Notre Dame becasue Obama spoke there. Where was the outrage this time? If the bishops were not going to speak out against this, what right did they have to go after Notre Dame? That is not fair.

If Obama gets to Euologize in a Catholic Church, then Notre Dame is not guilty either. If O'Malley is not guilty for permitting this dabacle, then neither is the president of Notre Dame. Where were the bishops this time? The silence was deafening.

Father Dave Bechtel

Anonymous said...

Father Bechtel,

Rome ordered his removal. Learn humility. Next Bishop is moderate. Mark these words. Write them down in your breviary.

Friend of Friend

Raphael said...

Rockin' Traddy,

The funeral was disappointing in so many respects. Constant talking. Extended welcomes. The dreaded liturgical "Good morning." Musically it was a Low Mass. Just think of all the non-Catholics watching this morning who now think that's what a Catholic funeral is supposed to look like.

Father Dave,

I agree with you. After the Notre Dame scandal, it is hard to believe there was little opposition to the President giving a eulogy. This wasn't just a Commencement ceremony, this was a Mass.

The Rockin' Traddy said...

I too agree with Father Bechtel. As a Catholic who was outraged at Obama's speaking engagements in "catholic" institutions, there should have been more said and done about this. As we see, politics and ass-kissing is still the order of the day in the American Church.

Friend-Father Bechtel tells it like it is. If you're gonna hang out here get used to in your face Catholicism 'round these parts.

Anonymous said...

Father Bechtel is entitled to his opinion, even if it is wrong! He is at odds with most priests in the Scranton Diocese, which is why the Bishop was ordered out by Rome.

Pax Vobiscum.


Christian said...

Well, Friend, I'm happy for even one priest who sticks to the Catechism and the GIRM. Thanks Fr. Bechtel, Nil illegitumus non carborundum!