Saturday, August 29, 2009
More Catholic stuff: canon law of a Catholic funeral for Teddy Kennedy. (Interesting canon law blog here.) As these guidelines for the San Diego diocese indicate, it's considered inappropriate to have a big eulogy at a Catholic funeral. Let alone three. In the Irish custom, that's what the wake is for. But I suppose an archbishop can make an exception if he wants to. Or maybe not. Doubtless that is a question for a canon lawyer.
For an interesting controversy over a case where a Catholic funeral was denied, to mafia chieftan John Gotti, see here.