The funeral Mass for Antonin Scalia, below, was held this morning at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C.
The main celebrant at the Mass was Rev. Paul Scalia, one of the justice’s nine children.
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Rev. Scalia began his homily this way: “We are gathered here because of one man, a man known personally to many of us, known only by reputation to many more; a man loved by many, scorned by others; a man known for great controversy and for great compassion.”
Then he added: “That man, of course, is Jesus of Nazareth.”
“In the past week, many have recounted what Dad did for them,” Scalia said. “But here today we reflect what God did for Dad. How he blessed him!”
Rev. Scalia then spoke about his father’s family-centered life and his deep well of faith: “We give thanks that Jesus bestowed upon him 55 years of marriage to the woman he loved, a woman who could match him at every step and even hold him accountable,” said Scalia.
Scalia shared this personal remembrance: He said his father once realized he was standing in his own son’s confession line — and quickly got out of it. “As he put it later, like heck if I’m confessing to you.”
“I hope that it is some consolation, if there are any lawyers present, that the Roman collar was not a shield against his criticism,” said Rev. Scalia, referring to his father’s penchant for sharp questioning in the courtroom, as The Washington Post reported.
The homily was based on this passage from the book of Matthew: “Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father.”
This article has been updated.