Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Turn, turn, turn

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 25, 2004

A politican dies. An archbishop preaches at the funeral. There is a "time for every purpose," he says. He is quoting from...

Ecclesiastes, you say? Well yes, yes, of course. And he does mention that.

But first billing goes to the Byrds, the deceased's favorite rock group, who put those words into one of their hit songs.

You can always quote from Scripture, you know. But nothing makes the Word of God sound quote so "relevant" as a quote from a song of the 1960s.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($24,647 to go):
$150,000.00 $125,352.96
16% 84%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Jun. 25, 2004 12:40 PM ET USA

    Wasn't the song actually written by Communist-oriented Pete Seeger? Looking back, it is surprising (well, perhaps not) that so many "folk" songs were Leftist propaganda.

  • Posted by: shrink - Jun. 25, 2004 11:48 AM ET USA

    Rev Daniel P. Coughlin is the chaplain of the House of Representatives. In his opening prayer at the coffin of Ronald Reagan, he begins and ends with the tale by T.S. Eliot, as the wheel turns. I do not recall him referring to any member of the Trinity. The only distinctively Catholic feature of it was the reference to Eliot, otherwise, it would have passed the Wicca test.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 25, 2004 10:59 AM ET USA

    At least it wasn't Bob Dylan (yawn) again.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Facing entrenched opposition, Pope Francis plows ahead on Vatican reform 3 hours ago
The cardinal who can't let go 9 hours ago
Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17