Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Pop Music out of Favour at Funerals

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Pop Music out of Favour at Funerals

Article excerpt

IPSWICH religious figures have defended the Catholic Church's ban on popular music at Catholic funerals.

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart said pop songs and football club anthems had no place at funerals, and they should not be a celebration of the person's life.

Father Peter Casey, parish priest of St Mary's Catholic Parish in Ipswich, said the stance was not new.

"They are probably just firming up what their position is," Father Casey said.

"Anything that is not liturgical is not allowed in the liturgy. They can do it at the end of the service."

John McKeon, director of Ipswich company First Forest Funerals, speaks from a rare position of having been a priest from 1983 to 2003.

"I can understand what the church is saying, because the Catholic Church funeral liturgy is caught up with the death and resurrection of Christ," Mr McKeon said.

"It's not so much a celebration of the life, it's celebrating the hope of eternal life.

"A lot of people want to celebrate their loved one's life and I can understand that, but given my background I also understand the church's position. …

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