US Catholic Faith in Real Life

A funeral 500 years later

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Topping the Catholic news of the weekend is the funeral of Nicolaus Copernicus in Poland. Really, I should say that it was a "ceremonial reburial," the U.K. Times writes in its story about the scientist who first proposed the heliocentric model of the universe, challenging our place at the center of the universe.

Copernicus died in 1543 and had been buried in an unmarked grave in a cathedral. His ideas about solar system were published shortly before he died and he was not persecuted in his lifetime. Still the ceremony is seen as the church "rehabilitating" Copernicus.

"Too little, too late" seems to be the attitude of U.K. Times readers. The church lost some people in the 1500s. But the story does pose a question to modern-day people: Will the church someday grant funerals to those they deny them to today?