Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Special: 5 Interesting Facts on Catholic Death. Episode 2 - Sprinkling Cremated Remains

The book that has all of the relevant texts for celebrating funeral Masses in the Catholic Church is called the Order of Christian Funerals.  In that document in paragraph 416 we read:

"The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are NOT the reverent disposition that the Church requires."

Remember, in our Catholic teaching, we have the 7 Corporal Works of Mercy.  One of them is "To bury the dead."  Scattering Aunt Edna to the wind is not a corporal work of mercy.
 
Translation: If the body is cremated, hopefully after the funeral Mass, then the cremated remains should still be either
1) buried in the ground or
2) placed in a mausoleum

NOT GOOD!  It is a Corporal Work of Mercy to BURY the dead