Society of Church leadership did not officially comment on its decision and does not mention his reasons, but sources connected with the organization of the funeral, it is believed that the so decided because A.Brazavskas not take religious marriage with his second wife Christina.
The decision angered the Catholic hierarchy in Lithuanian society. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite expressed its regret that the funeral Mass of the first president of independent Lithuania restored happen without a coffin with his body.
"The decision, which took the Lithuanian bishops of the Church, will probably remain on their conscience," — said D.Grybavskaytse.
"This decision is untimely and ridiculous. It raises a lot of questions that can not be answered because no data no explanations," — says political scientist Algis Krupavichus.
At the funeral of Algirdas Brazauskas on Thursday is expected to involve current and former presidents of Latvia, Estonia and Poland — Valdis Zatlers, Guntis Ulmanis, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Andres Rjujtel, Lech Wałęsa, Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili.
While not confirmed the arrival of the funeral of Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Sidorsky. Russia's funeral is to represent the head of the presidential administration, Sergei Naryshkin.