[quote="OraLabora, post:10, topic:341910"]
We are the Universal Church. In some cultures white is the colour for funerals. I think of Korea for instance, where white is the colour used for funerals or when there's a death in the family. The Church has to respect all cultures including Asian ones. In Korea, black is the colour of power and success (all CEOs of companies big and small, for instance, drive black cars), and would be inappropriate for a funeral.
We can't look at the Church just from a Western and European perspective now that she's outgrown those borders (and indeed is growing fastest outside those borders). Which is why I think it's probably wise to have different choices available to suit different cultures, rather than try to impose a uniform culture in places where, for instance, a different colour than white for a death might be seen as offensive.
Well, sure, you have hit on something, but that is only half the story. Of course white is the color of mourning for many Asian cultures. However, I am not Korean. As offensive as it may be to shove black down the throats of Koreans at funeral Masses, I think it is equally offensive to shove white down the throats of Westerners at funeral Masses.
In accommodating to genuine and legitimate cultural differences we often just swing from one extreme to another and there is no accommodation, just a dictatorship in another direction. It's kind of like reverse racism.
Then some might say, "Let the family pick." Then I would point out that the cultural use of mourning colors would then lose all meaning! =p