Part II, Article 12. Leading the Celebration at Funerals
In the present circumstances of growing dechristianization and of
abandonment of religious practice, death and the time of obsequies can
be one of the most opportune pastoral moments in which the ordained
minister can meet with the non-practicing members of the faithful.
It is thus desirable that Priests and Deacons, even at some sacrifice to
themselves, should preside personally at funeral rites in accordance
with local custom, so as to pray for the dead and be close to their
families, thus availing of an opportunity for appropriate
The non-ordained faithful may lead the ecclesiastical obsequies provided
that there is a true absence of sacred ministers and that they adhere to
the prescribed liturgical norms.  Those so deputed should be well
prepared both doctrinally and liturgically.