The burial customs of LalaLand

By Cheshire (articles ) | Jun 17, 2003

The funeral Mass for Gregory Peck was offered by Cardinal Mahony in his new cathedral and the liturgy included "a video tribute" to the late actor (who actively campaigned against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Bork). The "video tribute" was in addition to a florid eulogy, and was shown on a huge film screen in the cathedral to the delight of the congregation/audience. Peck was entombed the new cathedral mutli-million dollar mausoleum near its gift and souvenir wine shop. Southern California was the setting for Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel "The Loved One" on the funeral customs of LaLaLand. All this took place just after the arrest of Bishop O'Brien.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 18, 2003 1:45 PM ET USA

    I had a Fine Arts professor who said "the Mass is good theater." Things must have changed since I was in college. Many of the Masses I've seen on more like vaudeville than good theater.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2003 6:01 PM ET USA

    Well Geezer....the L.A. Times reports that Michael Jackson was wearing a red velvet jacket, arrrived late and was escorted to his seat just before the Gospel reading. The story does not report whether the Cardinal was dressed in matching red or whether he asked for an autograph. Do you get a clue that this is theater not church??? And just one takes us seriously anymore. Hard to believe isn't it?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2003 4:28 PM ET USA

    Wonder how Michael Jackson was dressed.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2003 4:26 PM ET USA

    Zosima makes a good point. However, I should add that if you are a death row inmate who has drawn a lot of publicity you can easily get a bishop to concelebrate your funeral Mass. The bishops aren't blindly star struck--they just know what's in it for them.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2003 2:56 PM ET USA

    According to the Los Angeles Times, it was not a Mass but a memorial service. He was, however, entombed in the cathedral's crypt. No mention was made of whether he was Catholic or not. He was divorced and remarried. It is unclear whether the 1st wife is still alive. He was a supporter of all left wing causes, including being militantly pro abortion. He was, by all accounts, generous with his money including substantial donations to the building fund of the Rog Mahal.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2003 2:04 PM ET USA

    Peck was entombed the new cathedral mutli-million dollar mausoleum near its gift and souvenir wine shop. The above statement is something right out of an Evelyn Waugh satire. Splendid.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2003 1:20 PM ET USA

    If you are rich, powerful, popular and beloved of the American cultural elite, you can have any liturgical service from the Church with much adornment, luxury and even a good eulogy despite the fact that recent directives from Hierarchy indicate that no eulogy should be offered at a funeral mass. I wonder if any of us mere mortals could get the same treatment.