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Archbishop Bans Pop Music At Funerals 38

pickens writes "The NY Times reports that the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne has announced a ban on the playing of pop music at funerals, which, he said, are not to be described as 'a celebration of the life of' the deceased. According to new guidelines published on Archbishop Denis Hart's Web site: 'Secular items are never to be sung or played at a Catholic funeral, such as romantic ballads, pop or rock music, political songs, football club songs.' According to a cemetery contacted by Melbourne's Herald Sun, a list of more unusual songs played at Australian funerals includes: 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' by Monty Python, 'Another One Bites the Dust' by Queen, 'Highway to Hell,' by AC/DC and 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' from The Wizard of Oz."
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Archbishop Bans Pop Music At Funerals

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  • by Tanktalus ( 794810 ) on Friday September 10, 2010 @07:40PM (#33540892) Journal
    What happened to "News for Nerds"? I realise this is the "idle" section, but still - is it just so someone can make fun of religious people or something? This isn't nerdsworthy in the least. Maybe if this were a site of "News for Catholics" but it's not.
    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by Redlazer ( 786403 )
      If you're a religious nerd, you're doing it wrong.
      • Religion has nothing to do with being a nerd. It is not mutually exclusive. In fact some religions could be said to be comprised solely of nerds. Your bigotry is showing also.
    • by Vastad ( 1299101 )

      Some IRL Sith Lords find your lack of faith disturbing. That ticklish feeling in your throat? That's not a cough. That's a warning.

  • not new (Score:4, Informative)

    by ook_boo ( 1373633 ) on Friday September 10, 2010 @08:22PM (#33541234)
    They are just stating the policy of the church as is always has been (that the funeral is a well-defined service not meant to be a wake or memorial of the life of the deceased), and noting that celebrations or memorials of the person's life can be held at a separate celebration or even at a separate mass. It's also known that the church has not been enforcing its own policies in some parishes. Possibly the real news is that the NY Times reporter is so ignorant of the Catholic church that he thinks this is all newsworthy.
    • Not all Pop music is guns, knives, and cursing. Some gospel has gone mainstream ie. Kirk Franklin. At my funeral, music I enjoy now should be played. Just how I feel. KjTmR3 []
    • Agreed. The church is after all a place of christian worship and ceremony. They have their own traditions that need to be to looked after. As much as the general opinion seems to be against the church and christianity, isn't it at least historically important to try and preserve these things? It would be fatal to their integrity as a church to simply change policy simply at the whim of others. It seems there has been a recent trend to turn the ceremonies of the church into something they're very fundamental
  • .. that guy takes all the fun out of funerals.
    Or maybe he just missed the boat. While the Church (the only holy roman one) has their rites and for sure has the right to stick to them, weddings -and also funerals- have become a celebration of the individuals involved. Most priests accept a couple adding "their special song" to the wedding. Why not a last wish at a funeral? A last message to the mourners, a cheer-up maybe?
  • Cause Imma da frickin Bishop!
  • Actively courting irrelevance.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Yeah, just try passing a ban like that anywhere near New Orleans. The city probably has more Catholic churches than most of Australia and New Orleans Catholics invented the Jazz Funeral which, by design, is a celebration of the life of the deceased.

  • by StoatBringer ( 552938 ) on Friday September 10, 2010 @08:50PM (#33541402)
    are not to be described as 'a celebration of the life of' the deceased
    Indeed. A lot of funerals I've been to seem to treat it entirely as a chance to prattle on about God and Jesus to a captive audience, with an "insert name here" script.

    The last funeral I went to was for my Gran, and it was a secular funeral. It was [i]all about[/i] a celebration of her life, and was much more personal and caring than any religious funeral has ever been.

    In conclusion, fuck that Archbishop.

    • by rac44 ( 664123 ) on Friday September 10, 2010 @09:39PM (#33541620)
      In conclusion, fuck that Archbishop.

      Keep your fucking to yourself, please.

      The Archbishop didn't tell you or anyone else what to do in secular funerals, so you have no business complaining if you're not a practicing Catholic.

      Really, I think people just don't get the picture about how Catholic funerals are designed. There's the wake and there's the funeral service.

      The wake has plenty of room for nostalgia, sentiment, story-telling, and goofy songs, if you want.

      The funeral service in church is (gasp!) a religious service. It's not a party. It's not for telling stories how Uncle Bob could drink us all under the table. It's about God and about praying for the deceased. We Catholics believe in doing that. If you have a problem with that, you don't have to attend it.

      Be happy!

      • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        I'll fuck wherever I want, thank you.

      • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        I think people get the reason it's not allowed, they disagree with it. You seem incredulous that people want to do things differently than you.

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by rac44 ( 664123 )
          Incredulous? Nah, I'm used to people who 'want to do things differently from' me. But I have to wonder at cases of hostility from non-Catholics over a policy that doesn't affect them. Why would a person from a non-Catholic family get so mad as to want to swear at the Abp. over it? Obviously the conflict between his likes and the Church's policy bothers him. Perhaps he wants to be more at peace with the Church.
          • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

            by Anonymous Coward

            Lots and lots of people have Catholic family members and other loved ones without being Catholic themselves.

      • I just want to say to the moderators, good job! This guy is clearly posting here just to get a reaction out of us, the very definition of "troll"! Thank you for making sure I don't have to react negatively to opinions.

    • A lot of funerals I've been to seem to treat it entirely as a chance to prattle on about God and Jesus

      You went to a Catholic service, and they talked about God and Jesus? Huh... what a surprise! Who would've expected that?

      The last funeral I went to was for my Gran, and it was a secular funeral. It was [i]all about[/i] a celebration of her life

      Um... and at a secular funeral, what else could it possibly have been about?

      In conclusion, get a clue.

    • My grandmother on my mom's side is a hardcore fundie Christian and she says she wants her funeral to be a celebration of her life, with music and dancing and feasting.

  • If a funeral is not "a celebration of the life of the deceased", then what is it? An opportunity to prattle on about god? Sorry, we already have a day for that. Sunday.

    I hope no one listens to this "ban." It's completely ridiculous.

    • A catholic funeral is not a celebration of the life of the deceased, no. It's up to them to decide, and they generally won't bury you unless you ask for it before you're dead.

      I think it's perfectly OK. What if the person didn't do anything all that notable in his life? In death we are all the same anyway. The funeral seems a good place to recall that.

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