I noticed this bit from the AP:
A Catholic priest administered last rites over the body of Justice Antonin Scalia after he died on a West Texas ranch.
Elizabeth O’Hara is a spokeswoman for the El Paso Catholic Diocese. She says Rev. Mike Alcuino was summoned from 30 miles away in Presidio to perform the traditional rites on Saturday afternoon.
The Church doesn’t perform rites “on” a dead person. There are Prayers for the Dead, which may be led by anyone.
Just because Justice Scalia’s friends summoned a priest to do something they didn’t understand, doesn’t mean he actually did as requested or expected. Fr Alcuino probably just said the Prayers for the Dead and nobody, including the media, was any the wiser for it.
And if “traditional” (meaning pre-conciliar) prayers were offered, then the liturgical fussbudgets among us are none the wiser for it either. If it was of some comfort to the family or followers of Justice Scalia to know that a priest came and did something spiritual, or even religious, then one purpose is fulfilled: comforting the mourners.