What Does The Catholic Church Say About Cremation?
- Edward C. Miller
- The official publications of the Catholic Church state that the ashes ″shall be placed to rest in a hallowed location″ if cremation is chosen for reasons that are considered acceptable by the church.
- This location might be a cemetery, a church, or some other space that has been ″dedicated by the appropriate ecclesiastic authority.″ The Catholic Church points to a number of different explanations for this phenomenon.
- The Catholic Church allows cremation, but the ashes of deceased Catholics should not be dispersed at sea or preserved in urns at home, according to a statement released by the Vatican on Tuesday.
- The Vatican’s doctrinal office has issued new rules stating that cremated ashes should be buried in a ″holy location,″ such as a church cemetery.
- These recommendations were issued earlier this year.
Why does the Catholic Church prefer burial over cremation?
Theological considerations are at the heart of the Catholic Church’s decision to prioritize burial over cremation. It is only reasonable that, given that Catholics believe in the resurrection of the dead and the dignity of the human body as it was created by God, Catholicism likewise upholds the principle that the body of a deceased person should be treated with respect.
What does the Bible say about cremation?
- In addition, the prohibition against cremation originated from a passage in the Bible (Genesis 1:26-27), which teaches a profound reverence for the human body at all stages of its existence, including after death.
- Christians had the belief that the physical body will be resurrected after death; as a result, Christians traditionally buried their deceased in tombs rather than cremate their bodies.
What happens to ashes at a Catholic funeral?
- Ashes are permitted to be present at the Mass even though the Church highly recommends that the whole body of the deceased person be present at the last ceremonies of the deceased person’s life.
- If a Catholic family decides to cremate a loved one, the Church asks that they dispose of the ashes in a respectful manner.
- According to the Vatican, the ashes need to be handled in the same manner as a dead corpse would be.