From: Offerimus Tibi Domine (Fr. Simon Henry)
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A rather more noble image of Richard III than the one of popular portrayal.
Well, the skeleton in the car park at Leicester is in fact that of the much maligned King Richard III. I have lately been reading Paul Murray Kendall’s biography of him, which paints a very different picture from the ogre of popular imagination.
I must say that I agree with the views of the Reluctant Sinner that the remains should receive a Catholic funeral – preferably in the form he would have known. I might also add that as he was a king, it should really be a Catholic State funeral in the Traditional Form, perhaps at Westminster Cathedral – perhaps the Holy Father would consent to come and preside.
At the moment, the plan seems to be – bizarrely – to re-inter him with C of E rites in Leicester cathedral. There is a petition you can sign to allay this travesty and encourage him being provided with Catholic Rites here.
It’s bad enough that so many Catholic churches and cathedrals were stolen away by Henry VIII – whose father stole Richard’s crown – without condoning the theft of actual bodies as well! Reminiscent of the Mormons re-baptising our deceased relatives into their sect!
This on the day when the new soi-disant Archbishop of Canterbury is legally confirmed in his post at St Paul’s; styled as the ‘105th Archbishop of Canterbury’ but in fact only the 35th in the present line of Anglicans claiming that title, as that too was stolen away. Reginald Cardinal Pole was, in fact, the last duly installed Archbishop of Canterbury. His mother was the glorious martyr Blessed Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury and one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty – and niece of King Richard III. Despite Henry VIII once hailing her as the “holiest woman in England” he still had her beheaded on 27th May 1541 for her adherence to the Faith. So we can safely say that the family would want a real Catholic funeral rather than the services of the ecclesial communion whisked up out of nothing by the dynasty that stole his crown from him!