Saw this over at http://www.catholicculture.org/
In an attempt to curb liturgical abuse at funerals, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has issued instructions banning “romantic ballads, pop or rock music, political songs, football club songs.”
The archbishop explained that a funeral should be devoted to prayer for the soul of the deceased. Australia’s ABC television network inaccurately reported that this represented a change in the Church’s understanding of the purpose of funerals.
I do not have the same distaste for much of modern liturgical music that many of my blogging collegeagues have, but I do believe if you're in church, you should have liturgical music. My all-time favorite in the category of "Really? That was your best musical selection?" was a funeral my mom attended, for a woman named Irene. The recessional hymn: "Goodnight, Irene".