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Who Can Be Denied a Catholic Funeral? A History and Church Teaching on the ‘Very Rare’ Denials

Stephanie Keith
A priest delivers the eulogy at the funeral of transgender community activist Cecilia Gentili at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on February 15, 2024 in New York City.

‘Today, my concern is the number of Catholics that are not having a funeral Mass and going directly to burial. That’s not helpful to Catholics or to Catholic life.’