Philandro Castle was shot by a St. Paul, Minnesota cop. That much is certain. The why part has not been answered....although it didn't stop protestors from raging:
The estimated $1 million St. Paul protest price tag covers July 7
through this past Sunday, most of it for police personnel. About
$750,000 of the costs came July 8-11, with $650,000 of it used by the
police department, according to the mayor’s office.
Protesters shut down Interstate 94 in St. Paul on the night of July
9, and the police chief and Coleman said it turned into a riot when
people began throwing objects at officers. Police said 21 officers
sustained injuries, which were mostly minor. On July 9 and 10, 102
people were arrested, either on the interstate or on Grand Avenue.
But that's not the point. I saw this photo of the funeral. I have been to the Cathedral of St. Paul...it's CATHOLIC. It is the "mother church" of the St. Paul - Minneapolis Archdiocese.
I guess I was surprised that Philandro and his family were Catholics. But there was a reason the funeral was at the Cathedral. From the Cathedral's website:
The funeral for Philando Castile will be held at the Cathedral of Saint Paul on Thursday, July 14 at 12:00 p.m.
The request for the Cathedral came directly from Valerie Castile,
Philando’s mother, who wishes the funeral service to be ecumenical and
an opportunity for “people to come together in a new way,” praying for
peace and reconciliation.
The Catholic Church believes that burying the dead is a Corporal Work
of Mercy, and of particular importance in this Jubilee Year of Mercy,
as declared by Pope Francis.
Cathedral Rector, Rev. John Ubel, will participate by leading the
liturgical prayers and will be joined by Rev. Steve Daniels, Sr., pastor
of nearby Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, who will deliver a eulogy.
A visiting choir will assist in the liturgy.
The texts for the liturgy will have a particular focus on the
preservation of peace, justice, and reconciliation among all people, and
will incorporate elements from the Church’s Funeral Liturgy outside of
Mass, because Philando Castile was from a non-Catholic Christian
The century old Cathedral of Saint Paul is a world-class treasure for
the community, a centerpiece of the historic neighborhood bearing its
name, and a home not only for a parish community, but a spiritual home