Rehnquist Funeral Set for Catholic Cathedral

WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 6, 2005 ( Wednesday’s funeral for U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, a Lutheran, will be in the Catholic cathedral here.

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The Catholic directory on interfaith matters says churches are “generally reserved for Catholic worship” but local bishops may permit worship by other Christians who lack a place “for celebrating worthily their religious ceremonies,” the Associated Press said today.

The Rehnquist family reportedly asked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for use of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle because of its size and central location, said an archdiocesan spokeswoman.

Rehnquist had been a member at congregations affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

U.S. Appeals Judge John Roberts, a Catholic, has been nominated to take Rehnquist’s place on the Supreme Court.

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