brni (brni) wrote,

As kitschy and loaded with arcane, ill-understood symbolism as American Catholicism is, I must say the priest was a kindly man who was not disrespectful of the deceased, or of his family and friends. He was not condescending, and while it was certainly a strongly religious ceremony, he did not take the opportunity to insult or condemn those who do not share that faith. He did not display cold disapproval of those who weren't part of the flock. He also did not exhort people of other or no faith at all to find Jesus, to stand up and shout Hallelujah, to praise God and dedicate our lives to God's Work. He did not pass around a collection plate.

Which made this a better funeral than 90% of those I've been to in the last decade.

So what if he was a bit dull, and muttered "y'know" 59 times during the sermon. There are certainly worse things.


Also, one of the altar boys was a girl. I thought that was pretty cool.
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