Last week, a funeral Mass for former Mayor Kevin White was celebrated at the infamous St. Cecelia's, whose pastor is, the infamous Fr. Unni. TTC readers will remember Fr. Unni for scheduling a clapping fornicators Liturgy last June.
While no doubt Kevin White was a liberal Democrat, I don't ever recall an instance when he used his pulpit to take whacks at the Catholic Church or Catholic teaching. I would credit Mayor White for kicking off the redevelopment and transformation of the City of Boston,particularly our Waterfront, which had fallen into a state of disrepair. He suffered many years with Alzheimer's. May his soul and the soul of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Though Mayor White never caused a scandal with Catholic teaching, several Catholics raised concerns to the Archdiocese due to the combination of Fr. Unni's terrible discretion, unfaithfulness to salvation theology and the fact that several local politicians who have caused scandal were scheduled to hijack the funeral to give speeches at Mayor White's Funeral.
I am happy to report that our Rite of Christian Burial was celebrated with dignity, respect and protocol it deserves. It was clear that much went on behind the scenes to avoid a repeat of the disaster at Ted Kennedy's funeral.
Barney Frank and Mayor Tom Menino were permitted time to speak prior to the start of the Liturgy. I wasn't there, but to the best of knowledge and what is reported, other than telling a story using the word 'bleeping', the moments were not used to say something scandalous about Church teaching. They were real eulogies. I suppose you could gripe that they were given the time to do so, but I can truly see it as an act of pastoral compassion. I can't say for sure, but it is my guess, they were given guidelines about what could be said.
To the best of my knowledge, our the Rite of Christian Burial burial was respectfully executed. Bishop Hennessey filled in for the Cardinal who was...ah...you guess it, on a jet somewhere.
We've had a rough couple of years here in Boston. Ok, a rough decade. Catholics who have been robbed of their faith have taken, how shall I say this...unusual methods to expose the dishonesty, dysfunction and corruption that exists internally.
We have a new Vicar General with a kind heart and a no-nonsense reputation. The jury is still out but we are starting to see a few signs that are hopeful.
I thought it was important to salute the obvious efforts behind Mayor White's funeral Mass and to express our gratitude. Thanks to Monsignor Deeley, Bishop Hennessey and others who were behind the orchestration of our beautiful rite.
Pray for us.