It is inevitable that I am going to be branded by Catholic liberals and non-observants and just about everyone I know as judgmental, narrow, rigid, unsophisticated, retrograde and even uncharitable for this, but here goes. I think it is unseemly and scandalous that Maestro Luciano Pavarotti is lying in state in the Modena Cathedral prior to what will in all likelihood be a great Catholic funeral. Here is a man, a great tenor, an international artist of the highest order who also abandoned his wife of 33 years for a 26 year old girl whom he "married" with a big splashy celebrity wedding, and now? The Church appears to embrace him as if this never happened. I find this absolutely wrong. It is not only objectively morally and spiritually wrong (if this does in fact occur) but also objectionable because anti-Catholics could and invevitably will use this as another reason to oppose the Church and call it hypocritical when it stands up on all types of moral issues such as divorce, abortion, co-habitatioin, et... I think Luciano Pavarotti was a great singer. But I don't think he should have a Catholic Funeral Mass unless it is determined that he amended his life prior to death. Question: Will both wives be there? Or maybe just the second. I know, I am rigid, unsophisticated and medieval. Most of all I think the Church should stand by its moral principals.
Hear hear! Moral courage to speak the truth is not always easy friend.
My thoughts exactly.
While I agree with you about Pavarotti, I think looking the other way has been the policy in Italy for centuries now. Certainly a more scandalous man than Pavarotti was Victor Emmanuel, the first king of Italy and destroyer of the Papal States; yet he most likely got a splendid Requiem Mass and is buried in church property (the Pantheon).
Unless his Priest and his "wives" are clear that he amended his life at the end, then a Catholic funeral would be a scandal. It is ridicules every Catholic knows you cannot remarry in this way. But I guess it feels good for some clergy to be in the spot light.
Funeral's are what the Church does best. Let God be the judge. Would you deny such a great artist a requiem Mass for the repose of his soul? You are obviously not Italian...
Quote Funeral's are what the Church does best. Let God be the judge. Would you deny such a great artist a requiem Mass for the repose of his soul? You are obviously not Italian...I would most definiteld deny this "great artist" a requiem mass if he publicly mocks Catholic doctrine. Let God be the judge, indeed, and the Church is empowered by God to judge such matters. And what makes him a great artist? Just because he can sing? Whoop-de-doo. I don't see why that makes him so special that the rules don't apply to him. I will remember him as the adulterous, philandering, gluttonous egomaniac that he was by all accounts.