The Catholic Church’s Perspective on Cremation
If you are Catholic and recently suffered the loss of a family member, then you may be wondering if you should consider cremation as part of the deceased’s funeral services. Read on to learn about the Catholic Church’s perspective on cremation.
The Catholic Church and Burial
It makes sense that there is some confusion about the Catholic Church’s stance on cremation. Up until 1963, the Catholic Church insisted that all Catholics follow the manner of Christ’s burial by choosing to either bury or entomb the body. To this day, the Church proclaims that cremation is less favorable than burial or entombment. In 1983, the Catholic Church developed a revised Code of Canon Law that helps Catholics to understand that, although the prohibition that forbade Catholics from selecting cremation for the remains of their loved ones who have passed on was lifted in 1963, it was not intended to be an endorsement for cremation. However, the Church does allow cremation under the right circumstances and if certain procedures are followed.
The Catholic Church and Cremation
The Catholic Church urges that the remains of a cremated body be placed in a vessel that is respectful to the deceased, and that the cremated remains be treated in the same way as a body in a casket. Also, the cremated remains are to be buried or entombed in the same timeframe as a body in a casket.
The Catholic Church and Funeral Rites
The Church urges that the deceased’s full body be present for the funeral rites because these are sacred acts that play an important role in helping the bereaved family through the mourning process. For this reason, many Catholics choose to have any planned cremation services performed after the funeral. In the case that the remains need to be cremated before the funeral rites, then the Catholic Church allows the cremated remains to be present at the Funeral Mass, provided they are buried or entombed afterward.
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