Tala Seleni, was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide this month, & was buried last week at The Linwood Cemetery.
As it turns-out, not only was Seleni senior, a rat-bag, but so is his son, Tasi, who is on the run from Police for a range of crimes, including kidnapping and stabbing.
Hardly surprisingly N.Z Police staked-out Tala Seleni’s funeral, in the hope his fugitive son would appear at the grave-side (they took the liberty to tell the family)
To you and me, the fact the Police saw the funeral as a prime-chance to collar a crim like Tasi Seleni, by placing undercover police in the crowd, was entirely the right one.
But not to Father John Rizzo, the Catholic Priest who conducted the funeral.
That’s him, taking mass in the photo above.
Taking one-step back, one can only presume from Fr Rizzo’s attendance, means murderers who kill themselves, go to heaven along with all the other ‘good’ souls, and Father Rizzo was merely issuing Tala, that ‘one way’ ticket all Catholics get of-right(?)
Father Rizzo, as it turns-out, has lodged a public complaint about The Police presence, at the funeral.
He told The Christchurch Press newspaper the Polices actions were “tactless”.
In Father Rizzo’s world, the cloistered one occupied by middle-aged virginal men, a Church or a Cemetery in this case - are deemed “sacred ground” & even Police must pay umbrage to this.
Father Rizzo would like to see civil-laws, stop at the boundaries of consecrated Church grounds, making them, in effect, safe-havens for criminals.
Using his own logic, one has to think, Rizzo is perfectly happy sharing his Sunday communion with embezzlers, rapists, car thieves etc, who are taking a well-deserved break from being ‘on the run’? The Police would get to wait in the church car-park.
This just goes and shows us, yet again, how embarrassingly ‘out of touch’ Catholic priests are to secular life.
Another lesson The Catholic Church will take anyone – murderers – no problem!
Footnote: The online version of The Christchurch Press is running a poll (Tues 19th May) asking it's readers, if it was o.k for the Police to stake-out a funeral. When I submitted my affirmative vote, the results were an overwhelming 87% of people, had said 'Yes' as well. Just, another indictment, how out-of-touch, priests are, to the folk they administer, and New Zealand society in general.