The Vatican has produced a two page set of rules urging Catholics to choose burial instead of cremation and if cremation is preferred, it isn’t permitted by church officials.
The Vatican has also stated that if cremation is preferred, the urn should not be kept at the home of loved ones but in a church or area set aside for the purpose of burial and cremation. The document states “The conservation of the ashes of the departed in a domestic residence is not permitted”. This apparently shows ‘respect and dignity for the human body’ and a church funeral may be denied for anyone planning to shatter ashes.
Even after death, we are told where we need to be. How is burial, involving much decay in the worm ridden soil, any more respectable other than because we are told so?
In an ever growing and aging population, this is another example of the church being strict but not practical.
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