Following both a cousin and friend’s questions on the actual teachings of the Catholic Church regarding cremation – I have the following facts to share more widely.
Cremation throughout salvation history was always forbidden by the Catholic Church as a pagan practice and it was codified as prohibited in the 1917 Code of Canon Law -punishable by the denial of a Catholic Funeral to the deceased as well as excommunications for those family members that persisted in the propagation of its practice
#1 It denies the resurrection of the Body –#2 It was a recorded formal albigensian heresy and -#3 It was and continues to be a pressing exception that was repeatedly requested and insisted upon by several generations of ecclesial freemasonry who celebrated the Vatican II changes allowing cremation by “exception” in many documented instances of its anti-Catholic journals –
Today’s secular US culture presses forth illegally to make the exception ” the norm”
Although the new non-binding post-concliar ideologies are in many instances an aberration of traditional Catholic theology and practice, the little known facts are, that much of what is practiced in the new Rite today violates its own rubrics and the laws of the Church.
In Addition To Canon Law On The Body Being Present At Funeral, please see these excerpts from the following citations of the law
*(Only using EWTN as a source when it is an old (1990s document)*
The Canon Law directive also dictates that Liturgical Law is to be followed
The highest ranking Vatican Congregation On The Liturgy is The Congregation of Divine Worship which presses the case for the presence of the Body at Funeral Masses
413 Although cremation is now permitted by the Church, it does not enjoy the same value as burial of the body. The Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites, since the presence of the human body better expresses the values which the Church affirms in those rites.
414 The Church’s teaching in regard to the human body as well as the Church’s preference for burial of the body should be a regular part of catechesis on all levels and pastors should make particular efforts to preserve this important teaching.
The ‘exception” is ONLY for the liberal Catholic province of the United States – To ‘celebrate’ the Holy Eucharist in the presence of cremated remains during a Funerary Rite, is NOT the norm, and again is granted #1 as an exception for unusual circumstances and #2 only the United States
417 The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition.
- 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.
- Whenever possible, appropriate means for recording with dignity the memory of the deceased should be adopted, such as a plaque or stone which records the name of the deceased.
Requiem eternam dona ei , Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei . Requiescat ei in pace. Amen.
A more proper Catholic Funeral in the new Rite according to the new rubrics and in keeping with Tradition Family and Property can be seen for the military hero Col J Ripley