Viewpoint: Are Eulogies Allowed at Funeral Masses?

The funeral planning meeting is no place to argue liturgical principles, lay down the law, and provide an outright refusal of the request for someone to give a eulogy at Mass. This creates bad feelings that can ripple through the family for years. But it can be an occasion to explain as gently as possible the principles involved and come to a solution which can keep everyone relatively happy.

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Faithfully Listening to the Assembly of the Faithful

Last March, I wrote that I’d like to see the conclave elect a pope who loves being part of great conversations. With the call from Pope Francis to the church to talk about how the Church relates to families, I think I got what I prayed for — and his questionnaire is filled with liturgical issues for us to wrestle with.

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