Corpse Disposal

ewcm14rThe 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.”

Uh…that bit about not keeping the ashes in your home? We’re good with that. That’s always sort of creeped us out. But not being able to scatter the ashes? Now that’s just weird, as though “god” could not reanimate the deceased unless every single one of his atoms were in physical contact…

So, it of course begs the question, if ‘he’ created man out of nothing why does ‘he’ need ‘something’ to bring a person back to life?

Ah: Should have read further – it’s to avoid “every appearance of pantheism, naturalism or nihilism.” Good to know… 1

Corpse Disposal

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  1. Can you hear us laughing? ’cause we are; long and loud.

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