A reader of Protect the Pope has made a very good point that should be taken up by the Bishop of Nottingham, Bishop Malcolm McMahon, King Richard III should be given a Catholic Requiem Mass in the Sarum Use, and not a Church of England funeral service. The remains of the sailors of the Mary Rose had a public requiem Mass in the Sarum Use, though this was choreographed by a CoE minister. King Richard III was a Catholic and he should receive a Catholic Requiem Mass presided at by a Catholic bishop.
Rifleman 819 writes:
[With the confirmation] through definitive DNA that the skeleton in the car park really is Richard 111 there is now talk of him being re-interred in the CoE Leicester Cathedral.
Richard Plantagenet died at Bosworth in 1485 in the Catholic Faith, a full 45 years before the English Reformation.
I hope that someone in the RC Hierarchy will forcefully point out that -whatever his alleged misdeeds-he should be given a solemn requiem Mass,of the Sarum Rite , maybe? in accordance with the state that England then was.
It would be the final humiliation to be buried again with the Catholicly-meaningless ceremonies of a church founded by the son of your sworn enemy Henry Tudor.
Soggy 21st century ecumenism would be wholly inappropriate.
Perhaps it would be the right thing to do to invite the ancient English Catholic recusant families to attend?-their ancestors having fought under various colours of Rose.’
Protect the Pope comment: The blog Valle Adurni provides interesting background into the Sarum rite including the following about its recent celebration:
The then Bishop of Aberdeen, Mario Conti, celebrated a Sarum Mass in 2000 in Aberdeen for the University. Quite apart from the fact that the Sarum Mass was never celebrated in Aberdeen before this (as I mentioned above, it had its own rite before the Reformation), it was an interesting thing to do. Alcuin Reid quotes a letter from now-Archbishop Conti in the book mentioned above, thus:
Permission of the Holy See was not sought, and I judged that it was not needed, since the Mass is substantially that of the so-called Tridentine Rite, the central eucharistic prayer, or canon, being almost word for word that of the Roman canon still in use throughout the Latin rite.
In the author’s opinion, in the light of the principles operative in the reinvigoration of the traditional rite of Braga, both the Archbishop of Birmingham [in our case] and the Bishop of Aberdeen acted within their competence, in harmony with liturgical Tradition, and in accordance with the precedent of the Holy See by allowing, and in the case of the latter, by personally celebrating Mass according to the Sarum rite.