A public service announcement

by Bernard Brandt

There has been quite a lot of rot being talked about the recent death of a rock star. Some trad and con professional religious types (mostly Catholic) have been uttering most of that rot, to the effect that said rock star should not get eulogies, as the rock star in question was a Nasty Person.

This is to remind those professional Christian types that eulogies are only forbidden at RC funeral services. Those mourning outside of those occasions can say or write any damned thing they want.

And, so soon after the Eastern Catholic Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, this is to remind any latter day Pharisees that a truly traditional Roman response to the death of someone would be to say, de mortuis, nil nisi bonum. If you want to be a truly trad RC, why not try starting with that? One might even want to review the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee, just to see if the shoe might possibly fit.

And this is to remind the rest of us that from all accounts, Mr. Bowie would at this point be better served by our prayers, than by our praises, or our scorns.