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Australian churches ban secular songs from funerals 澳洲教堂於葬禮禁唱世俗歌曲


Sports anthems and popular songs such as Frank Sinatra’s My Way have been banned from funerals at more than 200 Australian churches after new orders from Melbourne’s archbishop.

The edict follows a study that found the signature song for Australian Rules Football team Collingwood was one of the top requests at Melbourne funerals, along with My Way and the Bette Midler version of The Wind Beneath My Wings.

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart said sports songs were not appropriate for a service which emphasizes the solemn nature of death and is not designed as a celebration of the deceased’s life.

“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,” Hart writes in the new guidelines.

“At the funerals of children ... nursery rhymes and sentimental secular songs are inappropriate because these may intensify grief.”

The guidelines stress that the wishes of the deceased and their family and friends should be taken into account, but say the Catholic funeral mass is a sacred rite rather than “a secular celebration” of the individual’s life.

“In planning the liturgy, the celebrant should moderate any tendency to turn the funeral into a secular celebration of the life of the deceased,” they say.

A survey conducted by the Herald Sun two years ago found the Collingwood song, My Way and The Wind Beneath My Wings were funeral favourites, along with Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World and Unforgettable by Nat King Cole.

More unusual choices included Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven and AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, it said.(AFP)









更多不宜的歌曲包括皇后合唱團的「Another one Bites the Dust」,齊柏林飛船合唱團的「天國的階梯」,還有AC/DC合唱團的「通往地獄的公路」。(法新社�翻譯:吳岱璟)


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