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BY John Lilly
Bishop Apologizes for Barring Catholic Funeral
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE,
March 21 — The head of the Diocese of San Diego apologized to the family of
homosexual nightclub owner John McCusker, less than a week after decreeing that
McCusker couldn’t have a Catholic burial because his business activities “were
contrary to sacred Scripture and the moral teaching of the Church,” according
to the California daily.
Bishop Robert Brom also promised to
preside at a Mass in memory of McCusker at The Immaculata Catholic Church on
the campus of the University of San Diego. The bishop had ordered The
Immaculata to cancel McCusker’s funeral, declaring that no parish within the
diocese could hold a Catholic funeral for him.
Bishop Brom’s refusal was similar to
action by the Archdiocese of New York, which refused Catholic funerals for
convicted mobsters Paul Castellano in 1985 and John Gotti in 2002.
Actually, Sex Doesn’t Sell in the Movies
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, March 21 —
old adage “sex sells” no longer applies to the movies, the Tinseltown trade
“Sex will not make something that is
otherwise not entertaining sell,” producer Tom Pollock said. “Movies work
because they make you laugh, cry or (be) scared. Audiences won’t go to a movie
because of sex.”
But not even great reviews and a robust
Oscar campaign helped “Closer.” Even with such marquee names as director Mike
Nichols and Julia Roberts, the sexy R-rated relationship movie grossed just $36
million, far less than predicted.
Last year, five of the Top 10-grossing
movies were PG. Of the top 25, only four were rated R. “Increasingly, if a
movie is rated R,” said producer John Goldwyn, “audiences won’t go.”
Boston Women Get Feet Washed
THE BOSTON GLOBE, March 19 —
Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley was to wash the feet of both women and men
during this year’s Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual, The
consulted with the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, which advised him
that although the “liturgical requirement is that only the feet of men be
washed at the Holy Thursday ritual,” he could make whatever decision he thought
was best for Boston, said Ann Carter, a spokeswoman for the archbishop.
The report said foot washing has been
part of Holy Thursday liturgies since the 13th century. The General Instruction
of the Roman Missal uses a Latin word for man (viri)
when describing participants in the foot-washing ceremony. But the U.S.
bishops’ conference in 1987 declared that it had become customary for both
sexes to participate.
A March 20 column in the Register cited
that the practice, while approved by the U.S. bishops, has yet to receive
approval from the Holy See.