Archbishop Battles AC/DC At Gates Of Death

In Australia, The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne has banned the use of pop music at funerals, according to The New York Times.

Archbishop Battles AC/DC At Gates Of Death
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In Australia, The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne has banned the use of pop music at funerals, according to The New York Times. Archbishop Denis Hart has said the act of playing pop songs is not considered a celebration of the life of the deceased. The new guidelines state: Secular items are never to be sung or played at a Catholic funeral, such as romantic ballads, pop or rock music, political songs, football club songs. The Melbourne Hearld Sun reported that football songs are popular at many funerals, in addition to pop hits. Although Frank Sinatra's My Way and Bette Midler's The Wind Beneath My Wings are often requested, the newspaper reported that quirkier choices like AC/DC's Highway To Hell, Queen's Another One Bites The Dust and Monty Python's Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life also had been popular before the ban. A Catholic Church spokesman has said reaction to the Archbishop's ban has been mixed in Melbourne, according to the BBC. Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek, Gibson.com

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    Jesus_Dean
    How the FKK are they gonna tell someone what they can have played at their funeral!!
    technoguyx
    Fucking idiots like this are the ones who make the church seem bad to many people IMO.
    arrthor
    Fuck this faggot bishop, I myself am ashamed to say he lives in the same country as I do. I'd rather have Highway to Hell or Hell ain't a bad place to be playing at my funeral rather than some faggot church music! FUCK YOU DENIS HART!
    Seref
    ScrewYouAll wrote: hudsonstradlin wrote: Seref wrote: It's not a matter of whether the guy thinks it's appropriate or whatever. The fact of the matter is that it's a Catholic funeral and like anything else in the Catholic church, there is tradition to be followed. It's a religious event, not a party. Most Catholic funerals don't even get music--that's for the Wake. If you want Hells Bells played at your burual, just remember to not be a Catholic /shrug not a catholic in AUSTRALIA. since they're in the southern hemisphere, are people there buried upside down? I'm upside down right now On a more serious note, it's crap like this that shows just how out of date the Catholic Church actually is. If this kind of thing is allowed to go on, I'm skipping country. Oh, and I'm surprised that no one's mentioned the song "Ha Ha Your Dead" by Green Day... Totally having that played
    The Catholic Church isn't really outdated. it's more dynamic than you think. It has traditions and certain stances that it wont budge on as a matter of morality, but it's quite open minded about some things. There are Jesuit Priests working as physicists and astronomers for NASA. The Vatican officially supports the research and findings of evolution. Most of the traditions that won't be changed have theological meaning. There's deep symbolism in Catholic mysticism and asking them to change it would be like asking them to recreate the entire religion. Personally I've always found WASPs and their ilk to be much less progressive and much more close-minded.
    JFRules
    I want Highway to Hell at my funeral. And I want Bon Scott driving me there!
    ScrewYouAll
    hudsonstradlin wrote: Seref wrote: It's not a matter of whether the guy thinks it's appropriate or whatever. The fact of the matter is that it's a Catholic funeral and like anything else in the Catholic church, there is tradition to be followed. It's a religious event, not a party. Most Catholic funerals don't even get music--that's for the Wake. If you want Hells Bells played at your burual, just remember to not be a Catholic /shrug not a catholic in AUSTRALIA. since they're in the southern hemisphere, are people there buried upside down?
    I'm upside down right now On a more serious note, it's crap like this that shows just how out of date the Catholic Church actually is. If this kind of thing is allowed to go on, I'm skipping country. Oh, and I'm surprised that no one's mentioned the song "Ha Ha Your Dead" by Green Day... Totally having that played
    Bimpy666
    I find it funnier to play Highway to Hell. I'd rather play (Don't Fear) The Reaper!
    Enzo.Gunner
    Am I the only one who finds hilarious to play Another One Bites the Dust in a funeral? lol lol lol
    skylerjames13
    hudsonstradlin wrote: not a catholic in AUSTRALIA. since they're in the southern hemisphere, are people there buried upside down?
    This.
    hooa14
    I would acually have highway to hell or another one bites the dust at my funeral i think we can play what ever we want at our funerls
    Slap-happy
    This was widely reported yesterday in Melbourne (where I live). Under some of the rules of the "cans and can'ts" of the average Catholic church it's not that unusual. Not that I'm religious. My best friend (and bassist in my old band) died five years ago and we played Shine On You Crazy Diamond. When my uncle died two years ago it was Rockin' All Over The World by Status Quo. The church seems to think that this kind of music is inappropriate and that some kind of classic dirge should be played. There's the likelihood that they would permit the music of Beethove and Motzart as well, conveniently forgetting that they were considered somewhat risque in their day. This is just another instance of the Catholic church, an organisation that preaches forgiveness and promotes the ideal of acceptance yet constantly mires itself in old-fashioed and outdated concepts, further proving that they have little place in the real world. Why belong to some sect in order to believe in some higher authority? For the record, I don't believe in god(s) but others are entitled to their opinions and beliefs - just don't shove them down my throat. On a lighter note - a selection of songs (off the top of my head) that I wouldn't object to being played at my funeral or wake... Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar Faith No More - Land of Sunshine David Bowie - All The Young Dudes Pantera - Primal Concrete Sledge Alice Cooper - Alma Mater Alice In Chains - Down in a Hole Queens of the Stone Age - Go With The Flow Nine Inch Nails - Wish The Who - Love Reign O'er Me
    Cheeseman Jay
    Europe - Last Look At Eden Metallica - Cyanide Stone Sour - The Bitter End Evile - Enter The Grave Behemoth - At The Left Hand Ov God Amon Amarth - Runes To My Memory That order please. I like to think that it tells a story
    BoonMcNougat
    That's pretty stupid, people should be allowed to celebrate the passing of a loved one any way they wish.
    Sant_iago_9
    AC/DCs Highway To Hell, Queens Another One Bites The Dust LOL those are SOME songs to play at a funeral
    azisnomarsa
    Here is what I would love to be played in my funeral, during the meal too The Doors - The End Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb Ac/Dc - Highway to hell Metallica - For Whom The Bell tolls Placebo - Song to say goodbye Queen - Another one Bites the dust Monty Python - Always look on the bright side Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven Pearl Jam - Black And to finish it all of and leave everybody pumped, not depressed Metallica - Whiplash Slayer - Raining blood
    savolic
    If someone specifically asked to have highway to hell played at their funeral then surely its the church's job to respect their wishes?
    slaptasticdave
    I think a lot of this article is probably manipulating words to make all the catholic bashers on here come and view the article and comment on it. That being said there are some ways that it makes sense and some ways that it doesn't. I can see wanting to keep tradition and all that, but I think banning pop music just makes for bad press. I'd discourage it, but if someone really wants something like that played at their funeral, so be it.
    hudsonstradlin
    Seref wrote: It's not a matter of whether the guy thinks it's appropriate or whatever. The fact of the matter is that it's a Catholic funeral and like anything else in the Catholic church, there is tradition to be followed. It's a religious event, not a party. Most Catholic funerals don't even get music--that's for the Wake. If you want Hells Bells played at your burual, just remember to not be a Catholic /shrug
    not a catholic in AUSTRALIA. since they're in the southern hemisphere, are people there buried upside down?
    Seref
    It's not a matter of whether the guy thinks it's appropriate or whatever. The fact of the matter is that it's a Catholic funeral and like anything else in the Catholic church, there is tradition to be followed. It's a religious event, not a party. Most Catholic funerals don't even get music--that's for the Wake. If you want Hells Bells played at your burual, just remember to not be a Catholic /shrug
    velocial
    I would think November Rain would be cool at a funeral... Or maybe some Dream Theatre. Screw the Catholic dogma, They give the pope and sub's way to much authority and expect it never to be questioned.
    Eirien
    Jesus_Dean wrote: How the FKK are they gonna tell someone what they can have played at their funeral!!
    It's the Catholic Church. They have all sorts of daft rules. This is sensible in comparison to some of them... but he's not saying no-one's allowed to play "pop-music" at funerals, just Catholics, so it's not for secular folk like me to worry about. I've never much liked ACDC, but I love the idea of Highway To Hell being played at a funeral!
    snaaake
    How the **** does this arrogant prick know what constitutes a celebration of life of the deceased? If I am somehow aware enough to know that they play "Old Rugged Cross" at my funeral like every other funeral I've ever been to instead of whatever I finally decide on, I'm going to come back to life and strangle whoever is responsible. Then again, I'm not religious, and doubt I'll have a church funeral, so it's all moot. P.S. Banning a song called "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" from being played at funerals? I'll be damned if that's not the most Catholic thing I've heard all week.
    Comeback Kiddd
    I would want someone to play some crystal castle and everyone would start dancing on top of my grave
    PUNKinheadedboy
    i get what they're saying, but they can't say it isn't a celebration of life; if the person whose life is being celebrated requested a song specifically, obviously it was an important song to them that they loved, which is a better celebration of their life than a stale old church song or hymn or whatever would be to them. On that note, i'd love to have "death or glory" at my funeral. Or "straight to hell" by the clash. Or even "love kills" by Circle Jerks. I'm sure the Archbishop would say that's an inappropriate celebration of life, but those are songs that i love that I've lived with for the best times I've had. He can play what HE wants at HIS OWN funeral.