Friday, April 08, 2005


Big-Time Funeral for a Big-Time Pope

OK. I'm a fairly religious guy, just not Catholic. So there's a lot I don't understand about JPII's whole death process. What's the deal about laying him out on his bed after he died with the TV cameras, reporters, publicists, etc?

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Seems a little impersonal or a little ghoulish depending on your point of view. I also thought his outfit was a bit too festive for the occasion.

I'm not a sophisticated guy. But when I go, I don't want a bunch of news people milling around me as start the long, arduous process of decomposition. How will I be able to ensure that the photogs get my optimal profile shots.

Secondly, what's with the cheap casket?

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You'd think that with an audience of two billion, they'd want to pull out all the stops and splurge. Again, there's a lot I don't understand about the process and I may be missing most of it.

And the pallbearers look like they just got out of an Exxon board meeting.

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