Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Catholic Church's ban on 'Danny Boy'

Danny Boy, the song widely considered to be the Irish anthem, and a staple at Irish Catholic funerals around the world, is banned from Roman Catholic Church funerals in the United States.

As if the Church doesn't have enough troubles and hasn't alienated or driven away enough of the faithful with its boneheaded decisions and criminal behaviour, this arbitrary ruling is causing more anger by the day. in fact, among Irish Americans, the issue is as heated and shameful as the child sex abuse scandal that Church leaders managed to cover up for decades before being forced to drain local parish coffers to pay victims of molestation by priests.

The Danny Boy shame came to light again yesterday at the funeral for a 78-year-old Irish American (and 40-year parishioner) at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Trumbull, Connecticut within the Bridgeport diocese (a diocese that has paid out millions of dollars to settle sex-abuse lawsuits). Among the departed's last request was that Danny Boy be sung at his funeral. But days after an Irish singer had been booked to sing the sacred Irish song at the service, the church pastor phoned the deceased's family to inform them that the song is not "liturgical" in nature, meaning it is not appropriate to be sung or played in church.

The singer was forced to wait miles away, by the graveside.

The lyrics were read from the pulpit during a eulogy, however, while a mischievous bagpiper waited outside the church to play the tune after the service.

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling,
from glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying
'tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.

But come you back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
'tis I'll be there in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.


Anonymous said...

that is so fucking stupid about not singing danny boy

AppalachianLady said...

I'm an Irish American, and this just reminds me of why I'm not an Irish Catholic. How retarded.

Anonymous said...

The Catholic Church seems to be doing everything they can to push away more and more members of the Catholic faith. Not the brightest thing to do, especially with all the lawsuits against pedophile priests that will most certainly come about in the future. Where will they get the money if they have no one to fill their collection baskets? It is us as parishioners that are helping these sick individuals remain free to abuse another poor child in another parish across the country.
Now, a song so spiritual to so many Irish Americans, Danny Boy, not being allowed to be heard inside their precious walls? A devoted Catholic Man's dying wish?
After almost 50 years of being Catholic Ive been pushed too far..right out their front doors and into the the local Congregational Church down the street.