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Is Cremation Allowed?

Is cremation permissible for Catholics?  I can remember a time when burial was the only acceptable option but cremation seems to be increasingly permitted in Catholic parishes.

The practice of cremation has historically been forbidden by the Catholic Church (with exceptions, such as in times of plague). The reason for this, as well as for the reverence and honors shown to the bodies of deceased faithful in the Church’s funeral rites, is to express our belief that the bodies of the saints are destined to live again. Our loved ones’ bodies are laid to rest to await their resurrection on the Last Day, not treated like refuse, to be incinerated and done away with. Moreover, it has been precisely to deny the Church’s doctrine of the resurrection of the dead that anti-Catholic sects have waged a campaign in recent decades (all too successfully) to introduce the practice of cremation among Catholics.

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