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Throw the ashes into the sea or keep them in housing, two actions conditioned by the Catholic Church

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When a person dies and has expressed the will about what to do with his body, the relatives seek to fulfill this last will. Sometimes this may be cremated and her ashes scattered in a certain place or kept in a house.

However, the Catholic Church restricts these practices if they are not given for the right reasons. Precisely in 2016, Pope Francis approved the instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Ad resurgendum cum Christo, which replaced the one issued in 1963.

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The document indicates that the Church insistently recommends that the bodies be buried in cemeteries or sacred places, and that this is “in the first place the most appropriate way to express faith and hope in the bodily resurrection.”

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Despite this, you can opt for cremation when it is for hygienic, economic or social reasons; furthermore, this cannot be contrary to the express or reasonably presumed will of the faithful deceased. “The Church does not see doctrinal reasons to avoid this practice, since the cremation of the corpse does not touch the soul and does not prevent divine omnipotence from resurrecting the body and, therefore, does not contain the objective denial of the Christian doctrine on immortality. of the soul and the resurrection of the body”, it was pointed out.

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At the same time, attitudes and rituals that imply erroneous concepts, such as the fusion with mother nature or the universe, as well as a reincarnation process, among others, cannot be allowed.

Why can’t the ashes be kept at home?

The Vatican explained that as a general rule the ashes must be kept in a sacred place, which can be a cemetery, temple or an area dedicated by the competent ecclesiastical authority.

This, they explain, is because the conservation of the ashes in a sacred place helps to reduce the risk of “removing the deceased from prayer and the memory of family members and the Christian community.” It was also explained that the possibility of forgetting, disrespect and mistreatment that can appear after the first generation is avoided.

Given this, it was said that it is only allowed in cases of serious and exceptional circumstances, depending on cultural conditions, as well as that the episcopal conference of the country or the synod of bishops of the Eastern Churches can grant a permit, although the ashes cannot. be divided among the different family nuclei.

Why can’t the ashes be scattered in nature?

The Vatican also explained that, to avoid any pantheistic, naturalistic or nihilistic misunderstanding, it is not allowed to scatter the ashes in the air, on land or water, or to turn them into commemorative souvenirs, such as pieces of jewelry or other items, so that hygienic, social or economic reasons cannot be invoked.

“In the event that the deceased had ordered the cremation and the dispersion of his ashes in nature, for reasons contrary to the Christian faith, the funeral rites must be denied, in accordance with the rule of law,” it was specified. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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