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No football songs at funerals, Australian archbishop rules

September 10, 2010

In an attempt to curb liturgical abuse at funerals, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has issued instructions banning “romantic ballads, pop or rock music, political songs, football club songs.”

The archbishop explained that a funeral should be devoted to prayer for the soul of the deceased. Australia’s ABC television network inaccurately reported that this represented a change in the Church’s understanding of the purpose of funerals.


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  • Posted by: - Sep. 11, 2010 10:56 AM ET USA

    While we're at it let's get rid of that awful new tradition of reciting homegrown doggerel in 'honor' of the deceased (who is surely in heaven). Please.

  • Posted by: Salome - Sep. 10, 2010 6:56 PM ET USA

    This is causing a massive stink in tabloid papers and online radio. It appears to have the support of significant numbers of undertakers, however, who are horrified at what funerals have become generally.