Back in December of 1985 Cardinal John O’Connor forbade a Catholic funeral mass for Mafia kingpin Paul Castellano:
Without public announcement, Castellano’s body was transported from the Cusimano & Russo Funeral Home in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn at 9 a.m. Thursday and, police officials said, was buried at the nonsectarian Moravian Cemetery in Staten Island. A priest was present at the cemetery, Finn said.
The decision to inter Castellano in a nondenominational cemetery was made by the family and was not the result of the cardinal’s prohibition, Finn said. The question of whether a person receives church funeral rites is a ”judgment call” based on the principles of church law, according to Rev. Richard P. McBrien, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.
Go here to read the rest. Mario Cuomo’s funeral mass is set for Tuesday:
Now why in the world should a Mafia kingpin have been denied a funeral mass when the Catholic politician who pioneered being in favor of abortion while claiming to be Catholic is granted a funeral mass? Surely the decision can’t be based on body counts since Cuomo would far exceed the puny amount amassed by Castellano. Cuomo regularly attended mass? Well, so did Castellano! Perhaps Cardinal Dolan will take inspiration from Cardinal O’Connor and forbid the mass? Sorry, couldn’t help the joke! Naah, I am certain that Dolan will be there as the
canonization funeral mass takes place and also serves as a Democrat party rally. It will be up to the Head of the Church, and I am not talking about the Pope, to assess how Mario the Pious’ ardent advocacy of slaying children in the womb accords with the teachings of His Church.