Funeral rules frequently hit sour notes

Share with others:


Print Email Read Later

Ed Blank's March 16 piece "Irish Eyes: The Priest Said No, But We Couldn't Hear Him" struck a familiar note for me. Having been a church organist for many years through high school and college, and singing in choirs for since I was 10, I've been a part of funeral services for a long time. Mr. Blank's attempts to have a particular piece of music sung at his dad's funeral and the outrageous charge that he was "harassing" the music director brought back a slew of similar memories for me.

I remember when Shubert's "Ave Maria" was banned from any Catholic service because the composer wasn't a Catholic, and I'm aware of a recent blowup over a family's request for the "Pie Jesu" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" ( they ended up playing it on a CD player while the priest raged). The church has a real knack for infuriating people at funerals. A church in Bellevue had (and perhaps still has ) a policy of no eulogies. When a life-long member of their choir and a volunteer for an equally long time was buried with nothing personal permitted to be said about her, people were devastated.

In the big picture, certainly there is a place for limits on what can be said or done or sung at a Catholic funeral, but "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" isn't quite in the same category as "Who Let the Dogs Out?" Once again, I think my church has bigger fish to fry.

DICK MARSHALL
Crafton


opinion_letters


Advertisement

Latest in Letters

Stingy toward poor
about 16 hours ago
NCAA and PSU
about 16 hours ago
Al inspired even then
about 16 hours ago
Bucs’ ‘Yes’ gesture
about 16 hours ago
Pride reduces litter
about 16 hours ago
Advertisement
Advertisement

You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here