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O’Malley’s moment

Below is the video of the one moment in Kennedy’s funeral mass where we heard from Boston’s Cardinal Archbishop, Sean O’Malley: the commendation at the end.

Over at GetReligion, there’s an interesting discussion on the liturgy — and some questions being raised about whether O’Malley was, in fact, the presider, or merely a spectator.

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posted August 31, 2009 at 7:35 am

Interesting observation. One wonders if Senator Kennedy had remained pro-life on abortion, would Cardinal O'Malley have been the celebrant of the Mass itself? At the Mass, he was "in choir." What he presided over was "Part Two."(In that section, btw, there's a beautiful prayer that begins "May the angels lead you into paradise, may the martyrs come to welcome you …" That wasn't used.)RE the Mass, I wish they had sung the Psalm, the Sanctus, Lamb of God, etc. The Taglewood Festival Chorus was there — surely they could have learned these Mass parts in a day or two.But, at the time of Communion, "Panis Angelicus" was such an excellent choice. Placido Domingo sang it last year at the Papal Mass at the baseball stadium in D.C. (also during Communion). Senator Kennedy and his wife were probably there and heard him sing it.

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posted August 31, 2009 at 9:05 am

Got to say, no one gives a send off like the Catholic Church. Episcopalians come second Lutherans third ( but we try harder )My opinion of course. At any rate I think Cardinal O'Malley was being a Pastor. He probably would have preached a very different sermon. Deacon Greg, I heard that this particular parish is run by the Redemptorist order. Do they have more leeway in things liturgical and is there a special relationship with the Cardinal unlike that of regular parish church?

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posted August 31, 2009 at 9:34 am

The issue here is clearly the PUBLIC funeral, which never should have been permitted. In one defense of O'Malley, I think the fact that he didn't officially participate OR use the cathedral (Raymond Arryoy said the Kennedy family was denied the cathedral), reduces the scandal perhaps in the eyes of the church, but certainly not in the eyes of the poorly catechized American Catholics.I have to believe O'Malley struggled with this, big time, perhaps his biggest test yet as a bishop. What I can't understand is how, once the public funeral was "approved", the liturgical abuses fell through the cracks. O'Malley should have seen it coming, especially the intercessions, which were a true disgrace and mockery of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.Remember, it was Kathleeen Kennedy Townsend, who just last month, in her Newsweek (aka Obama shill magazine) article, told us that Obama is the "New American Pope."The "Divide and Conquer Catholic" movement just got a grand swell, thanks to the Kennedys, 'Pope Obama', and sad to say, some of own Catholic clergy, who clearly failed us in their "teaching moment" opportunities.But even worse, they failed the soul of Senator Ted Kennedy, in allowing his 'canonization' at a time when what he needed/needs most are prayers for his soul.While some talk has been given to Kennedy’s great privlidge of a Papal Apostolic Blessing, little to none has been given to the fact that Ted Kennedy also received his first communion from the late great Pope Pius XII. That’s simply extraordinary, even for a Kennedy, to live and die between two great popes! Yesterday, during my Eucharist, with my heart heavy on the Kennedys, I thought more about that. Rose Kennedy, one of the finest examples of public American Catholicism, popped into my head. In my finite human mind, in the true presence of Christ, never believing that our merciful Father in heaven would ever deny the prayers of a faithful soul, let alone a devout Mother, I had this thought. Perhaps, the fruits of a devout Catholic Mother, Rose Kennedy, who was no stranger to “redemptive suffering” or Kennedy tragedies, including the tragic deaths of her own children, knew what we all need to be reminded of, what Jesus himself taught us from the cross: suffering united to Christ is the most powerful force not only in the world, but for the salvation of souls.If there is one thing we do know it’s this: Rose Kennedy never “wasted the pain”, of her family tragedies, and lived a life that might help us all understand Roman's 8:28. “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”RIP Senator Kennedy

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RP Burke

posted August 31, 2009 at 9:46 am

1. In the old days, bishops would frequently "preside" at another priest's Mass, even offering the blessing at the end of Mass, dressed in choir robes. Concelebration, which we saw among the various priests, was unknown except at ordinations. The presence of the bishop was considered a significant event.2. Klaire, who are you to rule, over and above a cardinal appointed by John Paul II himself, that a public funeral for someone at which he even presided was a "scandal"? Highly presumptuous comment, I'd say.

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posted August 31, 2009 at 10:11 am

RP, I'm not "ruling over any Cardinal" just agreeing with Father E of Life International: Human Life International's Statement on the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy"We must, as a matter of precept, pray for the salvation of heretical Catholics like Senator Edward Kennedy, but we do not have to praise him let alone extol him with the full honors of a public Catholic funeral and all the adulation that attends such an event. There was very little about Ted Kennedy's life that deserves admiration from a spiritual or moral point of view. He was probably the worst example of a Catholic statesman that one can think of. When all is said and done, he has distorted the concept of what it means to be a Catholic in public life more than anyone else in leadership today."Kennedy made no public apology, period, consequently, in good faith, should not have been permitted the public funeral, which ONLY CAUSED GREATER SCANDAL.You might want to read the whole thing RP:

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