I posted my initial comments on Eunice Shriver's funeral service, having only seen part of it, live, on television. After having a chance to review a video of the whole liturgy, I prepared a second lengthier critique but before I published it, a reader happened to write suggesting I continue the discussion on Catholic funerals apart from the particulars of the Shriver funeral. I thought there was a good deal of wisdom in that suggestion so I cut the pending post in half, leaving out the Shriver details, and posted on Catholic funeral rites in general.
The results have been telling.
The first post brought in 40 responses before I closed the combox.
I cut off comments because even though the post included an update linking readers to the more recent post, folks were still reacting to the first post and raising questions answered in second.
The second post has elicited only 4 responses.
I'm tempted to post the material which I held back containing further detail and critique of the Shriver funeral - but I've decided not to do that. I had hoped that discussion of the celebrity funeral might offer a teachable moment but it seems that many were more interested in the celebrity nature of the discussion rather than in the heart of the matter.
I offer for your consideration my observation that this dynamic mirrors real life. As a parish minister I know that often those who don't get what they want simply walk away disgruntled, with little patience for listening and learning how and why the Church prays, celebrates and acts as it does.
Those still hoping to learn more about Catholic funeral rites are certainly welcome to engage the questions raised in my more recent post.
-ConcordPastor Kennedy-Shriver Funerals