The funeral of Philando Castile will take place at noon Thursday at the St. Paul Cathedral, while the family’s attorney said a lawsuit over his shooting death by a St. Anthony police officer is imminent.STrib
Services will begin Thursday with a processional from Brooks Funeral Home, 862 Concordia Av. in St. Paul that will end at the cathedral at 11 a.m. After a viewing, the service will begin at noon. The service is closed to media.
Prayers for all involved. Obviously killing an innocent citizen during a traffic stop is the greatest injustice, but in addition all conceal carry* holders should certainly be supportive of the political cause the family is pursuing. Lawfully being armed gives an officer no right to treat a citizen as if they are acting with hostility. Do not allow the wicked actions of some in the Black Lives Matter movement to cloud the importance of justice for the victim in this case. It is not anti-cop to demand accountability for a fellow arms bearer whom was shot if it was without justifiable cause.
*Conceal carry based on media reports, the actual evidence in the matter is still not clear.
Okay it's getting a little weird.
The service will not be a Mass, as Philando was from a non-Catholic Christian tradition, according to the archdiocese. At a July 12 press conference on the Minnesota State Capitol lawn, spokespeople for the family said the Castiles are part of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in St. Paul, and that its pastor, Steve Daniels Jr., plans to deliver a eulogy. Father John Ubel, the Cathedral’s rector, will preside at the funeral.
Speaking at the press conference, Valerie Castile said she wanted her son’s funeral to be held at the Cathedral “because he was a king.”The Catholic Spirit
“My son is a king, and he is also a martyr, so I thought that was the best place for his services,” she said.
It certainly seems strange for the Archdiocese to offer a "funeral" in this case.... whether the royal lineage has been established or not. An ecumenical prayer service seems a bit more appropriate. Hopefully another King comes up in passing.