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RCC lists things not to do with the ashes of the departed

RCC lists things not to do with the ashes of the departed

During most of its history, cremation was banned by the Roman Catholic Church. According to Wikipedia:

It was regarded as the most sacrilegious act towards Christians and God, not simply blaspheming but physically declaring a disbelief in the resurrection of the body.

But faced with an increasing number of Catholics opting for cremation, in 1963 the ban was lifted, and this opened the way to some imaginative treatments of the ashes of the dead.

Some mix them with clay, concrete or paint to create works of art or incorporated them into building projects. Others have ashes pressed into vinyl to make a musical memento, or turn them into fireworks or jewellery.

In the UK, a company called Eversculpt transforms ashes into glass sculptures “to die for” (the intro pic shows Eversculpt’s Managing Director Lloyd Taylor holding up one of the many sculptures produced by his company).

This is simply not acceptable, says Cardinal Gerhard Müller, right, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.maxresdefault

According to the Guardian he said ashes must be kept:

In a holy place, that is a cemetery or a church or in a place that has been specifically dedicated to this purpose. The conservation of ashes in the home is not allowed.

The cardinal reiterated that burial of the dead was preferable to cremation.

We come from the earth and we shall return to the earth. The church continues to incessantly recommend that the bodies of the dead be buried either in cemeteries or in other sacred ground..

Furthermore, in order to avoid any form of pantheistic or naturalistic or nihilistic misunderstanding, the dispersion of ashes in the air, on the ground, on water or in some other way as well as the conversion of cremated ashes into commemorative objects is not allowed.

A bishop may allow ashes to be kept at home only in extraordinary cases, according to a Vatican document, Ad Resurgendum cum Christo.

The document is dated August 15 and says Pope Francis approved it in March. The instructions were released this week ahead of All Souls’ Day on November 2, when the faithful remember and pray for the dead.

Hat tip: Gill Kerry

15 responses to “RCC lists things not to do with the ashes of the departed”

  1. L.Long says:

    Again the officials of the RCC and other religious nut jobs are clearly stating that their ahole gawd is a powerless useless thing. It is OK with the miracle of raising a rotting corpse from a sealed coffin 6 or more feet down, but this idiot gawd can’t figure out how to raise the left over ashes into life! Sounds all powerful to me!!!! I find it amazing how the religious say their gawd is nothing much!

  2. Paul says:

    Ah ok the RCC ‘bans’ cremation is that because burial in their sky fairy plots have to be paid for , often for hundreds of years ? I can’t believe the RCC would want money would it ?

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    It’s a pretty neat trick to represent God. Everything you say is backed up by an eternal and unchanging objective moral authority. Who, when popular taste and technological discovery changes, is so very wise as to say ‘yes, that’s what I say now’ and people forget the thousands of years preceding the revelation. Cremation is not allowed until it is.

    The explanation of God being ‘the things I prefer and know projected externally’ fits the evidence.

  4. Angela_K says:

    Nothing to do with the fact the RCC will make more money by having ashes of the dead spread on their consecrated ground. There can’t be any big issues for the RCC to sort out, such as paedophile priests.

  5. barriejohn says:

    This made me laugh. The Brethren are virtually forbidden to have cremations, and those who do are still looked down upon. They would agree with everything that these people (both men, I notice) say:

    https://www.ecclesia.org/truth/cremate.html

    The funniest argument listed there (and I have heard it many, many times) is this:

    God Practices Burial

    “So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day” (Deut. 34:5-6).

    Yes, God buried Moses (and Moses himself recorded the fact, of course!).

  6. Bart says:

    Primitive beyond comprehension until one realises that for the priests to exert their power over people requires them to invent prohibitions with severe punishment at the hand of god. Break the prohibition and you will burn in hell. Sex outside marriage – burn in hell. Have homosexual sex – burn in hell. Assert that God does not exist – burn in hell. Prove heliocentricity is true – burn in hell. Beleive in the wrong god – burn in hell. Believe in the christian god but in the wrong denomination – burn in hell. Have an unconfessed wank – burn in hell. With muslims all you have to do is take the piss and a devout assassin will seek you out and despatch you your hellish fate. Religions … primitive and barbaric … all of them without exception.

  7. Vanity Unfair says:

    This must be good news for St. Joan. 600 years after being burned alive by the Church as punishment for her heresy and 100 years after being canonised by the same Church for her sanctity, if someone could find her ashes and bury or preserve them in a holy place then she could finally enter Heaven.
    Unfortunately, the fate of those accidentally or intentionally incinerated over the centuries might not have been considered. Perhaps there will be news of a revelation or miracle in the full announcement when it is published. However, this does show that the RCC is trying to keep up with the times even if a lap behind.

  8. Broga says:

    Resurrection of the body? Does that include knackered back, defective heart, transplanted liver etc? What age will the body be? We need answers to these important questions.

  9. Peterat says:

    Perhaps they just want to reserve the right to burn who they choose?

  10. Dianne Leonard says:

    My dad (Catholic only when the kids were at home, otherwise an atheist) opted to be cremated, even though the priests were telling him not to. My mom had the full-on funeral with casket, viewing the body, etc. Like my dad, I have a horror of being buried. So I’m donating my body to the local medical school. After they get done with it, they cremate and scatter the ashes at sea. And best of all, it’s completely free!

  11. Bart says:

    What to do with the ashes of the vatican? Well when the vatican has burned to the ground, as it will, the ashes will be sluiced down the drains and sewers of Rome and all non believers will rejoice, dance and sing.

  12. 1859 says:

    I wonder if at the back of the pious cardinal’s mind is the lost revenue from burial services and purchasing of plots. Such considerations would, of course, be trumped by the ‘spiritual’ necessities of caring for the smelly body in the ground.

  13. Robster says:

    Do these overdressed twits come up with this kind of stuff when they’re bored or have nothing better to do, which I’m guessing is most of the time?

  14. Laura Roberts says:

    Obviously these fellows have given the matter serious thought. However I believe they’ve overlooked a few RCC-appropriate ways to handle the ashes of the dearly departed:

    1. Spreading on wafers with Marmite. The stark dichotomy (Marmite: you either love it or hate it) should appeal to the clergy’s primitive black/white mindset, hence ashes spread with the yeasty goodness should be allowed.

    2. Getting those pesky semen stains out of choir boys’ robes. After sharing the milk of fatherly kindness with one of the flock, what could be more spiritual than soaking it up with the ashes of the devout?

    3. Powder foundation for the Holy See’s face. How better to maintain that ghostly pallor? And if there’s any left over…

    4. Ash Wednesday. Duh! Need I say more?