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Poll: Should families be banned from giving eulogies at funeral masses?

A directive from the Bishop of Meath says that eulogies from family members or friends should not take place in the Church.

PERSONAL EULOGIES ARE commonplace at Irish funerals – but in one part of the country priests are being asked to ban them at such masses.

Bishop of Meath, Dr Michael Smith, has issued a directive to his diocese saying that families should not give eulogies at funeral masses for their loved ones, the Daily Mail reports today.

Instead, the eulogy can take place after the rite of commital in the cemetery.

The personal eulogy is one of a number of things mentioned in the directive that the Bishop feels have no place at funerals.

Bishop Smith said that priests should uphold “the integrity of the funeral Mass and funeral rites” and that a “dumbing down” of their integrity “does no service to the faith”.

However, others may feel that a personal eulogy is an integral part of a funeral service.

What do you think: Should families be banned from giving eulogies at funeral masses?

Poll Results:

No (6017)
I don't know (4900)
Yes (940)

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