I was told that Pope Benedict XVI condemned this cremation practice by saying that cremation is “an action of a particular kind which is contrary to Catholic teaching.”
So, that’s some more Vatican documents on cremation that aren’t from the Vatican. One of these documents states, “Cremation has always been condemned by the Council of Trent (1140).”
Can cremation without a religious service violate Catholic beliefs when the service is offered as a religious celebration? The Church tells us this is absolutely not true – not when the Catholic Church does not believe the funeral service is a religious celebration.
The Church says that a family member is invited to participate in a funeral, and then, after the service, they must ask someone to perform a cremation of each victim to make it possible for the family to honor the deceased.
It’s that same Catholic tradition of honoring the deceased that the Church requires of priests and priests’ assistants who serve at funerals.
When members of a Catholic funeral home offer cremation by a secular funeral service that is not a religious celebration, they are not honoring the deceased by offering a religious funeral. They are not honoring the deceased by offering a religious funeral. (C.F.R. § 790.15.)
I’m all for offering Catholics their funeral services, and I’m all for honoring Catholics when they give them funerals. But if you are offering cremation without a religious ceremony, you are not actually honoring the deceased by offering a religious funeral. You are not honoring the deceased by offering a religious funeral. You are not honoring the dead with a religious funeral.
And if you give a Catholic funeral service without a funeral service director, without a funeral director’s staff, I won’t be surprised if one of your employees asks you to provide services for a secular party, like a birthday party or group wedding reception, which is also not a religious rite or celebration. And your employee will be required to provide the service.
That’s one person’s view, of course, and I’m sure many of you have different views. But all I can tell you is that the teaching of the Church on cremation is pretty clear and that all the people who practice cremation in Catholic funeral homes should comply with that teaching.
Thank you for sharing your views with us.
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