To those Orthodox who continue to carp about the "impropriety" of the presence of Orthodox hierarchs and/or of the chanting by Eastern CATHOLIC hierarchs of the Eastern prayers at the funeral Mass of the late Pope John Paul II, please consider these:
The funeral of our Pope would have gone on with or without the presence of the Orthodox hierarchs. Sincere invitations were sent probably to all Orthodox Churches (Oriental and Eastern ) for official representaitons (due to limited space). Many sent, and some did not send, their delegations. Other religious confessions were there: Jews, Muslims, Protestants, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, etc., you name it.
Because of the presence of delegations of so many countries, which opted to send their reigning monarchs, Chiefs of State and/or heads of governments, top concern was the security of all. Imagine, JP2's funeral drew the largest gathering of the world's leaders in modern times in a single confined space. It was a security nightmare which, thanks to NATO, with Italy and the U.S. taking the lead in providing the necessary personnel and materiel, was handled without a hitch but discreetly. A "dirty bomb" could have wiped out at least 80% of the current leadership of the world!
Frankly, this should be a non-issue for the Orthodox as the funeral was entirely a Catholic event (but which was uncannily perceived by almost all as an event of Christendom), unless we are willing to suggest that the Eastern Churches, regardless of affiliation, should have participated in the farewell ceremonies for one of their own as Christians?