Vatican tightens standards on corpse disposal

"Following the most ancient Christian tradition, the Church insistently recommends that the bodies of the deceased be buried in cemeteries or other sacred places," state the guidelines released Tuesday by the Vatican.

The guidelines do not represent a change the church's overall policy on burial and cremation, but rather underline "the doctrinal and pastoral reasons for the preference of the burial of the remains of the faithful and to set out norms pertaining to the conservation of ashes in the case of cremation" [...]

The newly articulated ash norms include not storing human cremains in the home and refraining from scattering ashes "in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way ... in order that every appearance of pantheism, naturalism or nihilism be avoided." [...]

"The Church raises no doctrinal objections to this practice, since cremation of the deceased's body does not affect his or her soul," the guidelines continue, "nor does it prevent God, in his omnipotence, from raising up the deceased body to new life."

So, that last bit is good to know!

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5 Responses:

  1. Jan Kujawa says:

    So, ash zombies?

  2. Annie says:

    No options for you.

  3. dan mcanulty says:

    Maybe this will finally give some help to those poor greeks who keep having to dig up their dead to put them in ossuaries when they can no longer afford the burial plot rental.

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