Catholic Church Bans Danny Boy From Wakes
Ask any Irish Catholic, who grew up with Danny Boy as a sacred anthem, or who remember it being played at the funeral of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
And we’ve found that the arrogant, subjective and cruel ruling by the National Council of Bishops that’s followed blindly by paedophile-protecting bishops and cardinals in shrinking and money-starved dioceses is even more of a slap in the face to the faithful than what we’d felt: the decision came down sometime around September 11th, 2001, as this Associated Press article reveals:
Diocese says ‘Danny Boy’ not appropriate at Mass
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) The ballad Danny Boy has long been played at funerals, wakes and memorial services, its mournful strains conjuring up images of Ireland’s green pastures and wind-swept hills. New York Fire Chief Peter Ganci, killed in the World Trade Center attack, actor Carroll O’Connor and John F. Kennedy Jr. all were laid to rest with the plaintive melody.
So when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence banned Danny Boy and other secular songs from funeral Masses, it raised the ire of Irish-Americans. “I want Danny Boy sung at my funeral Mass and, if it isn’t, I’m going to get up and walk out,” retired Pawtucket police officer Charlie McKenna wrote in April to The Providence Visitor.
I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me… Or play the B side to the featured record…