Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s funeral will be held at a Catholic Church in Manhattan

momento mori

Memento Mori
(Latin for ‘remember that you will die’)

Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Feb. 2, and had roughly 70 bags of heroin in his possession at the time, five of which were empty.

The Oscar-winning actor, 46, is survived by his girlfriend, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell, and their three young children.


Cardinal Dolan at slain teacher’s funeral: “Like Jesus, Annie laid down her life for her friends.”

n New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan told mourners at the funeral of 52-year-old Anne Marie Murphy that the teacher “brought together a community, a nation, a world, now awed by her own life and death.”

Murphy’s father, Hugh McGowan, said authorities told him that she died trying to protect her young pupils. Her body was found covering a group of children’s bodies as if to shield them, McGowan said.


Priest who withheld communion from lesbian buddhist tells his story

I am confident that my own view, that I did the only thing a faithful Catholic priest could do in such an awkward situation, quietly, with no intention to hurt or embarrass, will be upheld.

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The late Monkees singer Davey Jones is Catholic

(CBS News) Davy Jones, one-time teen heartthrob and The Monkees singer, was remembered Wednesday at a private funeral service at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Indiantown, near his home in Florida.


Editor’s note: Kind of gives “The Last Train To Clarksville” a whole new meaning.

Father Jim Fenstermaker: What Today’s Catholics Should Know About Cremation

In the early church, cremation was seen as a rejection of the doctrine of the Resurrection. In 1963, the Catholic Church ended its ban on cremation, provided that the reason for choosing cremation was not contrary to Christian beliefs. In this change, the body was still to be present for the Mass of Christian Burial (the actual name for a Catholic funeral Mass), with cremation to follow. The 1997 revision of the Order of Christian Funerals, however, allowed the cremated remains to be included as part of the funeral rite in the church. This change was made out of a pastoral sensitivity for the increasing number of people choosing to cremate the body of a loved one immediately after death yet still seeking a Catholic funeral.

The church still strongly recommends the traditional burial of the dead. The earlier 1989 revised Order of Christian funerals states, “Since in Baptism the body was marked with the seal of the Trinity and became the temple of the Holy Spirit, Christians respect and honor the bodies of the dead and the places where they rest…” This is emphasized in the Mass of Christian Burial by the sprinkling of the casket with holy water and its draping with the white pall.

If the funeral liturgy is to be celebrated with the cremated remains, they are contained in a “worthy vessel” and placed on a table where the casket normally would reside. The paschal candle (a symbol of Christ’s resurrection) is placed, as usual, in that location. Scripture readings chosen by the family should not make any reference to the body.

After the funeral rite, a very important issue is the disposition of the cremated remains, which should be buried in the ground or entombed in a columbarium (a cemetery vault designed for urns). The remains should be respected in the same manner, as would the body of a deceased. They should not be put on display or kept in the home of the family, nor scattered in the wind. The church expects a more reverent disposition of the earthly remains of the deceased.


A Man’s Primer on Funeral Etiquette

Funeral processions are one of the few remaining outward signs of death in this society.

After the funeral, everyone will get in their cars and proceed as a group to the cemetery. The cars will follow behind the hearse. Turn on your headlights and emergency blinkers and closely follow the car in front of you. The procession will drive slower than the speed limit. If the procession starts through a light while it’s green and it turns red by the time you get to it, keep on going. State laws allow funeral processions to drive through red lights and stop signs.

As a normal driver, when you come upon a funeral procession, do your best to let them pass and stay together. Don’t try to cut into the procession. If safe, pull to the side of the road and let the line keep going. In the old days, men got out of their cars and doffed their hats while the procession passed. Probably too dangerous on our modern thoroughfares, but a nice thought.

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Murdered Yale Graduate Student Annie Le Was Catholic


Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual Light shine upon her; may her soul and all souls, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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Human Life International’s Statement on the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy


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.

Obviously we don’t know the state of Senator Edward Kennedy’s soul upon death. We don’t pretend to. We are told by the family that he had the opportunity to confess his sins before a priest, and his priest has said publicly he was “at peace” when he died. For that we are grateful. But it is one thing to confess one’s sins and for these matters to be kept, rightfully, private. It is another thing entirely for one who so consistently and publicly advocated for the destruction of unborn human beings to depart the stage without a public repudiation of these views, a public confession, as it were.

It is up to God to judge Senator Kennedy’s soul. We, as rational persons, must judge his actions, and his actions were not at all in line with one who values and carefully applies Church teaching on weighty matters. Ted Kennedy’s positions on a variety of issues have been a grave scandal for decades, and to honor this “catholic” champion of the culture of death with a Catholic funeral is unjust to those who have actually paid the price of fidelity. We now find out that President Obama will eulogize the Senator at his funeral, an indignity which, following on the heels of the Notre Dame fiasco, leaves faithful Catholics feeling sullied, desecrated and dehumanized by men who seem to look for opportunities to slap the Church in the face and do so with impunity simply because they have positions of power.

It is not enough for Kennedy to have been a “great guy behind the scenes” as we have seen him referred to even by his political opponents. It is also not praiseworthy to put a Catholic rhetorical veneer on his leftist politics that did nothing to advance true justice as the Church sees it or to advance the peace of Christ in this world. Every indication of Senator Kennedy’s career, every public appearance, every sound bite showed an acerbic, divisive and partisan political hack for whom party politics were much more infallible than Church doctrines. Whatever one’s political affiliation, if one is only “Catholic” to the extent that his faith rhymes with his party line, then his Catholicism is a fraud.

As the Scriptures remind us, there is a time for everything under the sun. This, now, is the time for honesty about our Faith and about those who are called to express it in the public forum. If we do not remind ourselves of the necessity of public confession for public sins such as Senator Kennedy was guilty of, then we are negligent in our embrace of the Faith and we are part of the problem. As Pope Benedict has reminded us recently, charity without truth can easily become mere sentimentality, and we must not fall into that error. A Catholic show of charity for the family must not eclipse the truth that is required of all with eyes to see and ears to hear.

Senator Kennedy needs to be sent to the afterlife with a private, family-only funeral and the prayers of the Church for the salvation of his immortal soul. He will not be missed by the unborn who he betrayed time and time again, nor by the rest of us who are laboring to undo the scandalous example of Catholicism that he gave to three generations of Americans.


Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International

Canon lawyer’s opinion about propriety of Kennedy’s Catholic funeral Mass

Now, any man with a 100% rating from NARAL (to highlight just the tip of the iceberg of Teddy’s decades-long campaign against natural rights) has, to put it mildly, the burden of proof in seeking a Catholic funeral (okay, technically, his executors have the burden of proof, but you see the point) in that notorious pro-aborts seem to be “manifest sinners who cannot be granted ecclesiastical funerals without public scandal of the faithful.”

Unless, that is, “they gave some sign of repentance before death.” And there is at least some evidence that Ted Kennedy did just that.

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A mainstream Muslim comments on Tiller’s funeral, his life, and his gruesome work


Editor’s note: Muslim terrorists draw the line at abortion … something the U.S. Supreme Court, the U. S. Congress, and President Barack Obama, refuse to do. 

Umar wrote on 6/5/2009 10:38:42 PM:

The “Wichita Chapter of the Muslim Public Affairs Council” consists in its entirety of 1 person and is NOT representative of Islam. Islam unequivocally condemns the murder of the many healthy babies that Tiller massacred. The Holy Qur’an teaches that on the Day of Judgment the babies will ask for what crime they were killed. Tiller’s death, while illegal and therefore unsupportable by Islam, has at least temporarily brought a halt to the slaughter.

No Muslim should sign on to the statement of this service which according to their press release considers that “Our goal is to seek God’s peace and comfort, and pray for Dr. Tiller’s family and friends, the people of his congregation at Reformation Lutheran Church, and for our community. May God forgive us and lead us all to be better than we have been in keeping with God’s commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Note that this statement shamefully DOES NOT include Tiller’s victims.

Tiller’s own church refuses to host his funeral. Classic case of “Too little. Too late!”



Tiller reportedly now reunited with old friend and mentor

George Tiller, Wichita’s “favorite son” late-term abortionist and a fellow who in life, rarely met a baby he didn’t want to kill, will be sent to his eternal reward on Saturday, but his own church won’t be hosting the funeral.

Funny how a little publicly spilled blood can make people think twice about who they support, and why. Maybe those graphic abortion signs and truth trucks ARE the most effective way to help people understand the grave and eternal consequences of abortion, after all!

“Tiller the Killer” has already been declared a martyr for the pro-death cause, and a selfless servant of desperate men and women, everywhere.

Martyrs can usually count on getting a “free pass” into Heaven, but in this case, it’s not considered very likely.  

The estimated 60,000 babies that Tiller destroyed (in exchange for substantial fees, of course) would probably agree. 

Want to bet that Barack Obama, the ABORTION President, and his pro-death HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius don’t even have the “guts” to attend?

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus: Rest In Peace


Richard John Neuhaus, 1936–2009

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus slipped away today, January 8, shortly before 10 o’clock, at the age of seventy-two. He never recovered from the weakness that sent him to the hospital the day after Christmas, caused by a series of side effects from the cancer he was suffering. He lost consciousness Tuesday evening after a collapse in his heart rate, and the next day, in the company of friends, he died.

My tears are not for him–for he knew, all his life, that his Redeemer lives, and he has now been gathered by the Lord in whom he trusted.

I weep, rather for all the rest of us. As a priest, as a writer, as a public leader in so many struggles, and as a friend, no one can take his place. The fabric of life has been torn by his death, and it will not be repaired, for those of us who knew him, until that time when everything is mended and all our tears are wiped away.

Funeral arrangements are still being planned; information about the funeral will be made public shortly. Please accept our thanks for all your prayers and good wishes.

In Deepest Sorrow,

Joseph Bottum
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Fr. Neuhaus’ Essay About Death

Killed in Darkness, Remembered in Light

Killed in Darkness, Remembered in Light

by Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

On the afternoon of Sunday, July, 27, 2008, close to five hundred of the faithful filled the tremendous Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament that Mother Angelica built in Hanceville, Alabama. They were gathered for the funeral of three children – Karen Esther, Enoch, and Rebekah.

The three children were all in the same small white casket. All had been killed just weeks earlier by abortion, and discarded in the trash outside of an abortion mill in Livonia, Michigan. Dr. Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, transported the children to Alabama.

I conducted the funeral ceremony. Mother Angelica’s community of sisters sang. The People of Life prayed, worshipped, mourned, and rejoiced in the hope of resurrection. As they honored the dead, they recommitted themselves to protect the living.

I have done funerals like this in various parts of the country. It was especially important, however, that this funeral took place at Mother Angelica’s Shrine. I remember when she first told me, years ago, that at the heart of her vision for that Shrine was the unborn child. This was to be a place dedicated to the Divine Child, and a place where children in the womb – so easily forgotten and discarded in this culture of death – would be remembered and celebrated.

That’s what we did on July 27.

I reminded the congregation of the funeral that Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago conducted back in 1988, when he buried two thousand aborted babies. When asked about the legal implications of the burial, he responded that such concerns paled to insignificance in comparison to the evil of taking innocent human life. He said he was doing a corporal work of mercy – to bury the dead.

That’s what the People of Life do. They protect the living, and they bury the dead. They are not ashamed or afraid to honor in public those who are dishonored in secret by the hidden violence of abortion. By gathering in large numbers to bury aborted children, and by letting as many people as possible know about it, they make up in some small way for the callous disregard in which these children are held by many in our society.

That’s why the 16,500 babies found in a large container in the Los Angeles area in the mid-1980’s had to wait for three years before they were buried, as abortion supporters launched a legal battle to block the burial. They did not want society to acknowledge in any way that there was any humanity there to be honored. Just throw them away – and the more secret, swift, and private the better. So the abortion advocates believe.

But the Church believes different, and as we believe, so we worship. The congregation – including children holding their parents’ hands – filed by the casket, which was open, and viewed the remains of these babies. There were tears of sorrow, but full of hope.

Each person left that church more committed than ever to bring the killing to an end.

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Praise for our Work!

Dear Janet and Fr. Frank, just wanted to let you know since our [Gospel of Life] program was on the “Angel network” we have been receiving around 30+ phone calls per week! In addition, we have had 3 International calls. One from France and two from England. Thank you so much for helping us reach out to more people in need. We look forward to working with you soon. Always for Life, Shawn and Kambra Malone (Back in His Arms Ministry)

Catholic Funerals?


Q: I went to my first catholic funeral today, and it was surely the most beautiful and heartfelt funeral service I have ever been to.

Who else has had one of these experiences?

A: Glad you were able to appreciate it.

Death is a reality for all, but it’s nice to know that, thanks to Christ and his Church, we don’t have to face it alone.

Catholics “know” God from infancy, and they personally and regularly receive Jesus … body, blood, soul, and divinity … beginning at about the age of 8 … so it’s only logical to figure that Jesus would want to personally attend the funeral.

The general idea is to ask God to mercifully forgive all our sins, and ask Jesus to personally escort the faithfully departed’s soul to heaven, if it’s not already there.

The Catholic funeral liturgy expresses that idea through the actions of the priest, who “stands in” for Christ during the Mass … as the prayers of the faithful fill the sanctuary and the incense rises up to heaven.

God, through his Catholic Church, also provides a host of prayers, anointings, blessings, indulgences, and sacraments that are specially designed to provide comfort and peace to those who are facing the imminent end of their earthly existence.

This essential and complete “end of life” pastoral care is probably the most practical aspect of the Catholic faith.

It is also very likely, a source of great frustration for Satan, the devil. Don’t leave the planet without it!