Originally posted by pcaspian
Sad as it is, I see his death more as a celebration. A devout Christian finishing his last days on Earth.
Not that I am a catholic either, but he really did come across as the real deal.
This is a very healthy Christian attitude, one which I find rare.
Within the context of Christian theology, death is not an ending,
but a transformation; through it, the devout go back to God.
Given that being with God is better than being here, one ought
to celebrate. Indeed, the vernacular of the Roman Rite no longer
has a 'dirge-like' feel to the funeral; the dramatic Requiems which
we know through music are long gone. It is a Mass in celebration
of the Life and Resurrection of the decedant.
When a person cries at a funeral, it is because they have had to
surrender someone that they cared about. It is a natural, but selfish
action. It is based on a corporeal understanding of life. Christianity
(and most other faiths) teaches a Spiritual understanding of life, that
death is merely a transfer of medium for earthly to heavenly, that life
has not ended, it has merely been changed. Their faith should remind
them of this and give them strength during the difficult times ahead.
Of course, you, PCaspian, have a certain detachment to the situation
that Ivanhoe does not have. You have not followed his words, teachings
and actions over the years with the intensity of a Roman Catholic like
Ivanhoe. This is a very tumultuous time for the Church and I'd like to
think that all of the theistic world, Christian and non-Christian alike,
would pray for a Spirit-filled Conclave and a wise new Pope. And, I'd
further hope that people would pray for all of the RCs, that their grieving
might be lessened by a comfort in their own faith's teaching.
That he was devout cannot be questioned. That he was misguided is,
has been, and will be the subject of debate for decades to come.