Church bans footy club songs from funerals

By , September 10, 2010 10:25 am

The Catholic Church has banned football club songs and popular music at funerals under strict guidelines sent to priests and funeral directors.

“Secular items are never to be sung or played at a Catholic funeral, such as romantic ballads, pop or rock music, political songs or football club songs,” the guidelines state.

The guidelines were sent by the Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart and state that a funeral should not be a “celebration of the life” of the deceased.

They say any celebration should be done at a social occasion before or after the funeral, the Herald Sun reports.

Outspoken Catholic priest Father Bob Maguire has described the guidelines as “insensitive.”

He said the new rules would pose a dilemma for clergymen.

“If the bosses say you can’t do it, then we’re in a position where we have to say you can’t do it,” he was quoted as saying.

But Bishop Les Tomlinson, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, is standing by the guidelines.

The main focus of a funeral should be “commending the deceased person to God,” he said.

What do you think?  Do you agree with the Bishop, that funerals that a funeral should not be a “celebration of the life” of the deceased.

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2 Responses to “Church bans footy club songs from funerals”

  1. Neil says:

    Whether the Archbishop and his imaginary friend like it or not, a funeral definitely is a celebration of the life of the deceased. It’s a way for grieving friends and relatives to come to terms with the death of a loved one, and to affirm the value and meaning of the life that was lost.

    “Commending the deceased person to God” is a bit belated. Their life has been lived. If there is a hereafter, what difference would it make to a divine judge whether or not the deceased had an officially sanctioned Catholic funeral?

    I agree with Father Bob – the Archbishop should get his head out of the ecclesiastical clouds and show a bit more respect and sensitivity for those who are grieving.

    Thanks for posting the article 🙂

  2. Di says:

    When I read that, I thought how out of touch the Archbishop is – OK I can accept that footy songs in a church may not bee as appropriate as the church might like, but that is how people deal with their grief nowdays. And if you cannot celebrate a life at the end of it, when do you celebrate it? No wonder the churches are being less popular.

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