Nation: The Funeral

To each and every one, whether there or participating through the unblinking vigil of television, there was the particular sight or sound that touched the emotions.

To many, it was Jackie Kennedy, still athletic in her springy stride, walking behind her husband's casket. To others, it was Hail to the Chief, or the Navy hymn, or Onward, Christian Soldiers. To some, it was the ageless rituals of the Roman Catholic Church. But to others, it was the fact that those rituals are not changeless—as evidenced when Richard Cardinal Gushing, Archbishop of Boston, who had...

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