Wednesday, 30 November 2011
"A brief homily based on the readings should always be given at the funeral liturgy, but never any kind of eulogy." (Order of Christian Funerals)
So why was the most blatantly anti-Catholic Taoiseach in the history of our country given a pulpit to preach in? Because that's what Catholic funerals in Ireland have become. There were poems read out by grandchildren (to applause), there was commentary from a son as flags of Mayo and Donegal were carried up at the Offertory, and there was Enda with his moving words about the ocean and lighthouses and applause for mothers everywhere. Modern Ireland. The GAA at prayer.