From the April, 2001 issue of Touchstone
Death, Where Is Thy Dignity? by Robbie Low

Death, Where Is Thy Dignity?

Robbie Low on Pastoral Rigor Mortis

My wife always says that if she were a bishop (she is, I should make clear, the editor of a magazine founded in opposition to such things), her first move would be to spend a week, sitting anonymously, at the back of the chapel of the local crematorium. This, she believes, would, at a stroke, tell her more about her clergy than almost anything else.

There she would learn several things in a very short space of time:

• Has this priest done his homework? Has he spent time with these people so that he has some hope of leading their hearts in worship?

• Does he make any connection with them before, during, or after the service?. . .


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