A local priest says that funeral eulogies are about “appropriateness” after the bishop of Meath banned eulogies in the Meath dioceses.
Redemptorist priest Fr Michael Cusack says similar guidelines are followed locally, although many priests are very accommodating when grieving families.
The Bishop says eulogies may be more suitable after the rite of committal in the cemetery or at a later stage.
Local priest Fr Michael Cusack told The Dundalk Democrat, “It’s all about appropriateness. The guidelines for eulogies are set down in dioceses across the country and its normal.
“These guidelines are set in place for priests, but they are only guidelines.
“Often I sit down with families of the deceased and find out about their life.
“I get requests from families, but sometimes they are just not appropriate within the church. Sometimes there is a more appropriate place.
“I always try and accommodate requests from families. If the family want a certain song played, I would sit down and listen to the lyrics of the song and find meaning in it.
“It’s a very sensitive issue, but we also have to keep the Church as solemn as we can. It’s not an issue of power, it’s about appropriateness.”
The Dundalk Democrat asked our friends on Facebook what their view was.
Mary Justine Gray said:
“That’s a complete and utter total disgrace, after all they are on their final journey. The least they could do is allow poems and stories in memory of there loved ones.”