Archbishop decrees an end to eulogies at Ottawa-area Catholic funerals
Kelly Egan, Tristin Hopper | February 20, 2014 | Last Updated: Feb 20 8:54 PM ET
What has been true in Ottawa has been, in my experience, true right here in the Rochester Diocese. Eulogies have been given at every funeral Mass I have attended (and that includes Masses I served, after I retired -a couple of month). I think pastors were pretty much pressured into them by the public. Lacking a firm diocesan stance, the clergy acceded to the wishes of families. Some, I suspect, were only too willing -in our diocese- to accommodate eulogies.
Aside and apart from the fact that the eulogies I witnessed as a server (and still witness from the pews) varied from poor to horrible, they canonized the deceased contrary to what I understand to be the theology of the funeral Mass.
Arguing that a Catholic funeral is no place to offer “high praise” to the deceased, the Archdiocese of Ottawa has decreed an end to the longstanding practice of allowing eulogies at Ottawa-area Catholic funerals.
“Contrary to popular belief,” reads a February church decree, “eulogies or words of remembrance are not an official part of Catholic funeral rites.
“In the Christian funeral, we gather not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them.”
Eulogies are indeed a non-Catholic invention, and while many dioceses stay faithful to the no-eulogy rule, Ottawa’s Catholics have apparently lapsed in recent years.
“Technically the books that guide us don’t allow them, but they had…
Read more HERE.
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