Canadian archbishop decrees death to eulogies

Eulogies banned

Catholics in Ottawa are being urged not to deliver eulogies during funeral Masses, in a decree from the local Archbishop, reports Religion News Service.

The February 2 decree from Archbishop Terrence Prendergast reminds the faithful that Catholics gather at funerals 'not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them'.

Contrary to popular belief, eulogies 'are not part of the Catholic funeral rites, particularly in the context of a funeral liturgy within Mass,' the decree stated. Many Catholics, it pointed out, do not know this.

Priests are 'strongly' urged to encourage Catholics to speak publicly about loved ones outside the Mass — at funeral homes, receptions, or in a parish hall.

In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, Prendergast conceded that eulogies at Catholic funerals 'had crept in' but that 'technically, the books that guide us don’t allow them.'

FULL STORY Canadian archbishop bans eulogies at funeral Masses (Religion News Service)

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