Religion: Infra Dig?

Archdiocese turns undertaker

Funeral, n. A pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker, and strengthen our grief by an expenditure that deepens our groans and doubles our tears.

When Satirist Ambrose Bierce proposed that wry definition of the charnel trade at the turn of the century, it was still possible to be buried for under $25. Today that sum would barely buy a spray of flowers. Last July, in response to charges of price gouging, the Federal Trade Commission ordered undertakers to provide price lists for their services. Now the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver is...

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