Meath funeral rules bring criticism to the ACP
Following the statement by Bishop Michael Smith of Meath in regard to celebration of funerals, the Catholic Herald published a report under the heading ‘Bishop issues rules for funerals to stop ‘dumbing down’ of Mass‘ which you can read here:
According to the report the guidelines received some criticism, including from the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP). ACP spokesman Fr Sean McDonagh said he “doesn’t really understand” the reasoning behind the directive. He added: “As far as I can see there is no way that eulogies interfere with the integrity of the Eucharist. Most of them are totally appropriate for funerals.”
This drew some comments on the Catholic Herald website referring to ACP:
Predictably the ACP come out complaining – they don’t really like the Catholic Church any more.
The ACP should stick to what they do best – wear flowers in their hair and watch The Golden Shot
The ACP is a direct consequence of the false doctrine and of the New Mess of the Vatican II Church. You reap what you sow. And the Church has sown within Herself protestantism and Modernism. Don’t complain. These are the consequences
Do you mind me asking why the Catholic Herald cites the heterodox anti-family pro-culture of death renegades of the ACP? ..any of their opinions are automatically null and void and should not be given any credence or credibility.
‘Any of their opinions are automatically null and void’. Opinions are not automatically null and void just because they come from those we disapprove of no matter whether they be whores, murderers, paedophiles, members of the SSPX or even the ACP.
I think I must not be a member of ACP. I never even heard of The Golden Shot. I had to google it.
In his statement, Bishop Smith said: ” … the deceased should not be canonized in the homily.”
This reminds me of a story I heard at a funeral (not in a Catholic church!):
Two brothers “had a bad name in the town” for all kinds of crookedness and crime. One brother died, and the other brother, Dick, came to the parish priest to arrange the funeral. He said to the parish priest: “There’s one very important thing I really want you to do at the funeral. I want you to say that my brother was a saint.”
The parish priest demurred: “Well, I’m not sure that I can really do that.”
Dick said: “Father, I’m not a poor man, and if you do what I ask, I’ll donate €100,000 to parish funds.” The parish priest said, “Well, okay, I’ll think what I can do.”
Came the funeral. The parish priest said in his homily:
“We’re here in the church for Tom’s funeral. We didn’t see much of Tom here over the past 30 years. His language was foul. He was a well-known crook and philanderer. He never paid his workmen what they were owed. You could not trust him an inch. But I must say, compared to his brother Dick, he was an absolute saint.”