Menu
24 Hours for the Lord
About Us Default
AC
Advent 2016
Advent17
Aid to the Church in Need
Alix Manders
amex stadium
Andrew Bayes
Anna Rowlands
Apostleship of the Sea
Archbishop Mennini
Archconfraternity of St Stephen
Art
Art of Dying Well
arundel cathedral
Arundel Cathedral 2
ascent movement
Association of Interchurch Families
Augustino Z Davies
Austen Ivereigh
B & Hove logo
Bad habits - nuns
Bakhita pic
Bakhita poster
Bell
Benedictine hospitality
Bible Van Gogh
Bishop Bowen
Bishop Cormac 1
Bishop Cormac 2
Bishop Cormac Thumb
Bishop Crest
Bishop Dan Turley
Bishop David Cashman
Bishop Kieran
Bishop Kieran
Bishop Pastoral Lent
Bishop Richard and printer
Bishop Richard Moth
Bishop Richard Moth 2
Bishop Richard Moth 3
Bishop Richard Moth 4
Bishop Richard Moth 5
Bishop Richard Ordaining Priest
Bishop Richard Video Picture
Bishop_Carousel
Bishops' Conference Logo
Bishops Diary
Bishops Richard and Martin
Blank_For_Homepage
Blessed Virgin Mary
blue cross on yellow
Books
Brighthelm
BVIE Video
BVIE Video 2
BVoices in Exile
CAFOD
Call of St Matthew
Candle
Canon Gerry Coates
Cantores Amicitiae
Cardinal Cormac
Cardinal Cormac
Cardinal Cormac at St Georges 2
Carmelites Third Order
Carousel Image 1
Carousel Image 2
Carousel Image 3
Carousel Image 4
Carousel Image 5
Catenians
Cathedral Canons
Catherine M
Catholic Association of Teachers
Catholic Bible School
Catholic Charismatic Renewal 2
Catholic Deaf Association
Catholic Education Service
Catholic Faith Centre
Catholic Faith Exploration
Catholic Family History Society
Catholic Medical Association
Catholic Nurses
Catholic Police Guild
Catholic Voices Day pic
Catholic Women
catholic womens league
Catholic Young Adults
CC
Celebrate
CES logo
Chemin Neuf best logo
Chemin Neuf Community
Chestnut Tree House
Children
Christian Life Community
Christianity UK
Church Marketplace
Church Polling station
clerk to governors
Climate change awareness
CM
CM
Coat of Arms Main
Coat of Arms Thumb
Come and See Logo
Communications logo
Corpus Christi
Courses image draft
Courses Leadership
Crawley Interfaith Network
Cross AMF
CSAS
Cursillo
Deacon Annual Mass
Deacon Cross
Deacon Duncan
Deacon Ted Connelly
Deacon Ted Connelly small
Deacon Tristan Cranfield
Deacon Tristan Cranfield 2
DfE
Dia Day no text
Diocesan Cross
Diocesan Cross - New
Diocesan website
Diocese of Chichester logo
Divine Ren
Dominicans
Dove
DW
East Africa Crisis Appeal
East Sussex CC logo
education future
Education Service Homepage
EF at WG
Egypt Palm Sunday
Elizabeth Wallace CAFOD cakes
English Catholic History
Ephatta
EU Referendum logo
Eucharistic Adoration Monstrance
Fairtrade Foundation
Family Groups Logo
Fatima statue
FHC
Fire St JtheB
Flower arranger
Font
Fr Aaron Spinelli
Fr Jonathan How Scout
Fr Liam Golden Jubilee
Fr Liam Golden Jubilee 2
Fr Martin Breen RIP
Fr Robin Mountford
Fr Roy Waters
Fra Alessandro
Friar Alessandro2
Funeral Cardinal Cormac
Gaudium
Gaudium 2
Good Shepherd
Google
GPs at School
Graduation 2016
Grail
Grandparents Pilgrimage
Great Adventure
GUC
Hand in Hand
HCPT
HeavensRoadFM logo
Holy Door
Holy Door
Holy Land
Home Bottom Feature
Homelessness Sunday
Homepage Centre Feature
Homepage video Misc 2
Homepage video Nativity
Homepage Video Panel
Homepage video Pastoral image
Homepage video Pope
Homepage video prayer intentions
Human Trafficking
I Belong Special Resource
image holder - article
Inclusion Diagram
Interpreter
Jeff Cavins
Joannie and Julie
John Battle
Jonathan How Bronze Wolf
jr
Jubilarians
jubilee logo
Kat People
KB
KSC
Latin Mass Society
Laying on of hands Paul B
Laying on of hands Paul B resized
Leadership
Leadership 2
Learning
Liturgies
Live Nativity Mayfield
Lourdes bench
Lourdes Pilgrimage
Lourdes Pilgrimage 2
Lourdes Pilgrimage Homepage
Lourdes Pilgrimage logo
Lourdes video pic
Lourdes video pic 2
Lourdes video pic 3
lourdes2
Maintenance to Mission Video pic
marie_ryan
Marriage Matters
MF
Missio
Mother Teresa
Movement of Christian Workers
Music
National Catholic Scout Fellowship
National Marriage Week 2017
NCSC logo
NCTL logo
New Catholics Day
Newman
Newman picture
NGA logo
Ofsted logo
OLQOH No 10 compressed
Ordinariate
Ordination Dom Hesychios
Our Father in Arabic
Our Lady
Our Lady of Consolation
Our Lady of Consolation statue
Papal Coat of Arms final
Parish-portal
Paul Bilton and +RM
Pauline G Diocesan Medal
Pax Christi
PGateley
Phil Garvey pilot Woking
Policies1
pontifical commission for Protecting Minors
Pope and Deacon
Pope Francis
Pope Francis MW pic
Pope Francis Ted Talk
Pope Prayer Video Homepage May 16
Pope solemn and prayerful
Pope Video August 2017
Pope Video December 2017
Pope Video June 2017
Pope Video September 2107
Prayer Boy
Premier Logo
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II web montage
RCIA Network
readers
Recruitment 1
Recruitment2
Refugee Crisis News
Refugee Newsletter
Relit
Risen
Rite of Confirmation
Rite of Election
Rite of Election 2016
Rite of Marriage
Roger Stone and Seafarer
Romero Week
Safeguarding Logo Homepage
Safeguarding signpost
Safeguarding umbrella
Safeguarding volunteer training
Safeguarding volunteers
Safeguarding volunteers
Sample Image 1
Sample Image 2
Sample Image 3
Sample Image 4
Sea Sunday 2016
Section 48 Default
Sede Vacante
Sede Vacante Thumb
Servite SI
signtest
SITE:PUBIMAGE1
SITE:PUBIMAGE2
SITE:PUBIMAGE3
SITE:PUBIMAGE4
SMUC
society of st gregory
sp4climate logo
St Barnabas Society
St Cuthmans Homepage
St Francis
St Francis of Assisi Ramblers
St George
St Jo's Spec School Countess
St Mary's University College
St Philip Howard
StCatherine'sHospice
Surrey CC logo
survive-miva logo
Taize Birmingham
Taize logo
The Centre for Child Protection
Theos
Thykingdomcome
Together for Common Good
Tom Kent
Towers School Logo
Tree test
UN logo
Union of Catholic Mothers
Universalis temporary
Universalis temporary 2
Vatican
Vatican City Coat of Arms
Vatican City Coat of Arms bigger
Vatican Information Service logo
Vatican Museum
Vatican News Service logo
Vatican Website
Video Bishop Christmas Message
Video Bishop Christmas Message 2
Video Bishop Dan Flood Appeal
Video Bishop Pastoral general
Video Bishop PL 26 Sunday 2016
Video Bishop Prison Reform CBCEW
Video Bishop Prison Reform CBCEW 2
Video Homepage Bhp Richard 3
Video Homepage Prayer Intentions April16
Video Homepage Prayer Intentions April16 v2
Video Homepage Prayer Intentions March 16
Video Pastoral Trinity 16
Video Pope Francis Ted Talk
Video Pope October 2017
Video Pope Prayer Intention December 2016
Video Pope Prayer Intention January 2017
Video Pope Prayer Intention March 2017
Video Prayer Intentions August 2016
Video Prayer Intentions July 2016
Video Prayer Intentions October 2016
Video Vocations Pastoral Bishop Richard
Video_Default_Homepage
Villa Palazzola
Vision for Mission Video
Vision for Mission video 2
Vocations General
Vocations Service Homepage
Vocations Video image
Volunteer Missionary Movement
Walking Pilgrimage
Website Training
Wellspring
Wellspring Community 2017
West Sussex CC logo
Woldingham School Advent Service
World Day of the Poor logo
World Day of the Poor Pope pic
World Day of the Poor Vatican video 2
World meeting families pope
World Meeting of Families 2
Worldmeetingoffamilies
Worth Abbey Parish
WYD A&B Logo
Year of Mercy
Year of Mercy Reflection Day
Zampini
Diocese of Arundel and Brighton News Item

Funeral of Cardinal Cormac - Photos and story

The funeral of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, former Archbishop of Westminster, took place at at Westminster Cathedral today. Cardinal Vincent Nichols was chief celebrant. Archbishop George Stack gave the homily.

More than 1,200 people attended, among them the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the former Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, Coptic Archbishop Angaelos, many politicians, including former Irish president Mary McAleese and Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg, together with 47 bishops and more than 250 priests.

Cardinal Cormac died on 1 September after a short illness. He was 85 years old. His body was first brought to the church of Our Lady of Grace in Chiswick, west London - the parish where he lived in his retirement - and then to Westminster Cathedral where he lay in state yesterday. The Cardinal's nephew, Patrick Murphy-O'Connor, said there were around 95 relatives present. Patrick paid tribute to his uncle's devotion to his family, saying he was "much-loved and he would do anything for his family."

Cardinal Cormac will be buried under the tenth Station of the Cross in the Cathedral - a place he chose himself.

Adam Simon from Arundel & Brighton Diocese who attended the funeral told Premier it was “a very reverential occasion”.

He said his lasting memory of the Church leader is that “He was beacon of light, a father like figure, a rock to us all. I have a photo of Cardinal Cormac he was blessing our children but he was blowing bubbles with them… that was the type of person that he was. He was a holy man but he was a human person and he was a friend to the family and to so many people.”

The Most Revd George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, preached the homily at the Funeral Mass of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in Westminster Cathedral today.

One of Cardinal Cormac's auxiliary bishops serving the diocese of Westminster in the early 2000s, Archbishop Stack praised the late Cardinal and the ease with which he lived his vocational calling:

"He was comfortable in his own skin. He was aware of his failings, yet supremely confident in his calling. He was a gifted man who would have made a success of whatever career he chose. Medicine or music - maybe even golf or perhaps rugby like his brother! Yet from an early age he was convinced he should be a priest, like his two other brothers."

Archbishop Stack lauded how Cardinal Cormac put his skills at the service of the Church and society at large - his heart for Christian unity most apparent:

"He was able to reach out in meaningful and constructive ways to other churches. His membership and scholarly contribution to the conclusions of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission. Much to his delight the fruits of his work were captured this year in the publication of all five ARCIC documents in one volume. His conviction that unity of mind and heart amongst the followers of Christ were not optional extras but sorely needed in a fragmented world."

Cardinal Cormac was often seen as a genial, friendly man. Archbishop Stack reflects further:

"His gift of hospitality. He took the words of Jesus seriously 'Love one another as I have loved you'. These gifts, and the generous way he used them, were expressive of the fact that he liked people and liked being with them. He drew the best from others and gave them nothing but the best of himself in return. But his was not superficial friendliness. He was convinced that people could and should share their faith and learn from the life experiences of others."

The homily also focused on where the Cardinal is to be buried - beneath the tenth Station of the Cross in the Cathedral. Archbishop Stack believes this shows us something of Cardinal Cormac's humility:

"This Station has a special lesson to teach us. Jesus is stripped of his garments. Our faith and devotion teach us that the seamless robe of his revelation of divine love, the integrity and compassion of Jesus, is torn away. The Jesus who stands before us naked and unashamed calls us to pay more attention to who we are rather than what we have so cunningly conspired to be.

"Cormac knew well what it was like to have judgments questioned, decisions criticised, mistakes analysed. That 'stripping away' could easily have made him angry and cynical, causing him to retreat from the public arena. Yet he acknowledged his mistakes. He made no excuses. He said the most difficult words of all. "I’m sorry". He learned a huge lesson and proceeded to establish the most robust safeguarding mechanism possible, a model for other institutions. Humility and action were part of the robe that he wore."

 

Read Archbishop’s Stack’s homily in full here: Cardinal Cormac was a priest to his fingertips -www.indcatholicnews.com/news/33308

You can see photos of the Funeral on the Catholic Church of England & Wales Flickr site - https://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism/albums/72157686518137433/with/37015576216/