Since Kevin the Catholic Caveman has "excavemunicated" (his words - I cannot take credit for such inventive and clever word play) me from his lair so long ago, I will comment here as to his position on the recital of the Kaddish at the funeral of Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger in Paris.
He writes in his posting "No, No, NO!!":
Being proud of your ethnic heritage... sure. But having the Mourner's Kaddish read as part of the funeral on the grounds of Notre Dame Cathedral was just plain wrong. Why do I say that? Simple.. the Kaddish is a prayer that excludes Jesus Christ.
Cardinal Lustiger was born a Jew and never denied his background which, in the case of Jews, is more than an "ethnic heritage." Just like Jesus' own, another who never denied his own Jewish heritage.
In reading the posting, I do not think the Caveman was critical of Cardinal Lustiger for being open about his background. Rather, he takes issue with the fact that - at Cardinal Lustinger's own request - the Kaddish was recited "on the grounds of Notre Dame."
Here is an English translation of the Kaddish:
Glorified and sanctified be God's great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will.
May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.
May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity. Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.
May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.
He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.
As the facts stand, the Kaddish for Cardinal Lustiger was recited before his casket was carried into Notre Dame for his funeral, in the square that sits in front of the cathedral. It was not recited inside the cathedral.
I fail to see how it was inappropriate to include it as part of a memorial before his funeral Mass began. The gist of the Kaddish is not "this-man-was-a-faithful-Jew-and-now-we-are-burying-him." Rather, it has one point - to glorify God and express a desire that God's kingdom be established on earth.
In legal arguments, when one lawyer relies solely on technical issues of the law, you will often hear the retort from the bench, "Counsel, that's form over substance!" At common law, law is based both in statutes and code but also in case law, where judges must weigh an interpretation of the code as applied to actual facts. In doing so, they must ask whether equity and fairness are being compromised such to the point that justice - the end goal - is also compromised. I think Caveman's vehement opposition to Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger's family member reciting a Jewish prayer before His Eminence's funeral service is based more in form than substance.
Don't let your practice of the Catholic faith compromise your Christianity.