Requiem Mass celebrated for Lord Hunt
posted on 29 October 2008
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor celebrated a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of John Joseph Benedict Hunt, Baron Hunt of Tanworth on 29th October 2008 in Westminster Cathedral.
Lord Hunt was educated at Downside School and Magdalene College Cambridge, and became the first Roman Catholic to hold the post of Secretary of the Cabinet in the Civil Service. He was made a life peer and invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in 1980. He died on 17 July 2008, aged 88.
During the Mass, the Cardinal remembered Lord Hunt as a, “very devout Catholic”. The Homily was given by Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, who said, “John was very much a Vatican II Catholic. He abhorred narrow-mindedness and bigotry. Our temptation is to imagine heaven as an exclusive club, but God’s love is vast. Today we remember John Hunt with affection, we honour all that he did and was, we thank God for his life but above all we entrust him to God’s care.”
Paying tribute to Lord Hunt, Sir Michael Quinlan said, “Both by what he did and what he was, he enriched the public life in this country.”
The Mass was attended by members of Lord Hunt’s family, as well as many prominent public figures, including Lord Armstrong, the Representative of Her Majesty the Queen, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, the Deputy Lord Speaker and Michael Pownall, the Clerk of the Parliaments.