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he ain't much but he's all we've got

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 10, 2010

Father Bob Maguire, an “outspoken” Australian priest (and you can guess what that means), is unhappy with his archbishop’s instruction that a funeral should be "not a celebration of life but a Mass for the repose of the soul." The “outspoken” priest brought his concern to an ABC television audience:

ALISON CALDWELL: So the celebration of life thing should not be forgotten? ??

BOB MAGUIRE: No! It's all we've got for God's sake.
It’s. All. We’ve. Got.

These are the words of a Catholic priest, who presumably celebrates the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on a regular basis. Yet he can’t recognize for himself that the Eucharistic liturgy offers something incalculably more valuable than a social gathering.

The faithful come to church looking for solace, for hope, for a glimpse of eternity, for an experience of the transcendent, for forgiveness of sins, for salvation. And Father Bob can’t give them—or rather he thinks he can’t give them—anything more than the comfort they might derive from a family reunion.

Pity the poor Catholics in Father Bob’s parish. He’s all they’ve got.  

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Sep. 13, 2010 9:05 AM ET USA

    Defender, I recently did my will and I explicitly stated that I wanted an Extraordinary Form Requiem Mass complete with Dies Irae precisely because I want people to pray for the repose of my soul after my death and not to celebrate my life. I'm sure I will spend some time in Purgatory. Just ask my wife! :-) Seriously, I am not yet canonizable. I don't want my funeral Mass to canonize me. I'll add the 30 Gregorian Masses too. Good suggestion!

  • Posted by: Salome - Sep. 13, 2010 7:28 AM ET USA

    Dr Nicholas, he actually reached retirement age, but raised such a stink in the media when he refused to submit the mandatory letter of resignation that he was allowed to stay on. He's a media personality.

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 12, 2010 2:08 PM ET USA

    Listening to most funeral masses today and you'd think everyone is going direct to heaven. As much as I would like to think so, I'm quite sure I'll spend at least some time in purgatory, so I'd like 30 Gregorian Masses said because I'm sure to need all the help I can get. I've already encountered many priests who don't know what the Gregorian 30 are, as well as, extreme unction, etc, etc. What a state we have become!

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Sep. 10, 2010 9:30 PM ET USA

    Amazing! This very day my wife and I attended a "Catholic" funeral that was right up Maguire's alley, a "celebration of life." It was awful, a bunch of touchy-feely Protestant nonsense, with a priest who seems to have forgotten that he's called "Father." He was anything but fatherly, but more like Richard Simmons, only less macho. It was only at the cemetery that a deacon finally said prayers of supplication for the repose of the deceased's soul. Same thing went for the rosary yesterday.

  • Posted by: Lisa Nicholas, PhD - Sep. 10, 2010 7:03 PM ET USA

    Wow, that priest is in sad shape. He should be encouraged to take early retirement so that he can enjoy the rest of his mortal life -- since "it's all he's got."

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