The Member of Parliament for Leicester South, Jon Ashworth, in reference to the skeletal remains found in a city supermarket car park, believed to be those of King Richard III, has stated that:
"I think he should have a state funeral because he is the last English monarch to have died on a battlefield.
But there are some questions we have to confront.
He would have been a Catholic, whereas today's monarch is head of the Church of England, so I would anticipate some sort of service which involves both a Catholic priest and Church of England clergy."
|"some sort of a service" is not good enough|
Uh-oh! Richard was a Catholic therefore, forget all that monarch being the head of the C of E rubbish, that has nothing to do with it.
As a Catholic he deserves a Catholic funeral.
I think that, were he able to comment on the prospect of a couple of vicars or vicarettes sharing the sanctuary, he would really take the hump (ugh!).
And not only a Catholic funeral but, as a card carrying Extraordinary Form of Catholic King, he would command an Extraordinary Form Requiem Mass, sung with hordes of tonsured monks in attendance - and not in a Protestant Cathedral.
It would be inconceivable to do less.
Can you imagine Mass in the vernacular? With C of E ministers joining in?
There would be echoes of: "Off with their heads".
But, with a TLM one might hear a whisper of : "Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York"