Philip Carlo, the biographer of a couple notable mass murderers, recently died.
At his funeral, the priest did what so many priests do in those occasions: He talked about the Bible. A lot.
That apparently made actor Tony Danza very upset…
A source at Thursday’s wake at Peter C. La Bella Funeral Home in Bensonhurst said the priest — “who said he was a substitute priest from a federal prison, which made some people smirk — started to ramble on and on about religion, quoting the Bible and making mourners uncomfortable.
“Tony, who was one of Carlo’s closest friends, walked right up to the priest and said angrily, ‘Excuse me, but this is not about you. It’s supposed to be about my friend, and if you can’t do that, maybe you should let someone else speak!’
“People were stunned, while the priest was visibly shaken. He tried talking about Carlo before quickly wrapping things up. Danza took over and eulogized Carlo with memories from their younger days.
A funeral ought to be a place to talk about the person who has died — a place to share the memories that person left behind — not a biography of Jesus.
I hate the idea of a cookie cutter funeral (or wedding, for that matter). A funeral should be unique to the person who passed away, not something any random priest (or what have you) off the street can perform on a moment’s notice.
No wonder Danza was upset. This priest knew next to nothing about Carlo and he thought he was fit to perform the funeral service because he knew something about the Bible.