I usually do not like anything Michael Winters writes for the National Chismatic Reporter (NCR), but his observations about the Episcopal Funeral Rites for President George H. W. Bush are my sentiments exactly.
I don’t like critiquing non Catholic funeral liturgies because our own have so much to criticize especially when these become a celebration of life or a canonization, as was the case for President Bush, rather than a prayer for the faithful departed, a true Requiem.
I also applaud the ultra liberal, heterodox Winters in his dislike of an amalgamation of Christian and non Christian ministers each with their own part in a politically correct state funeral.
I watched some of the funeral rites from Texas at the magnificent and more Catholic looking than many actual Catholic churches, St. Martin's. The music was spectacular and well executed, but it was in the Protestant style, as it should be, over the top triumphalism. The soaring notes truly brought about an emotional response as was the case for President W at the end of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Here is an excerpt from Winter’s critique but you can press the title for the full article. What do you think?