Instruction from the Congretation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding cremation and the disposition of cremated remains

At Roman noon today the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an instruction issued regarding cremation and the disposition of cremated remains.

The highlights include:

  • Cremation is permitted so long as it is not chosen specifically as a means of denying some part of the Catholic faith.
  • Cremated remains are to be inurned integrally and permanently.
    • This should take place in a cemetery, a church, or other designated and consecrated area
    • Cremated remains are not to be reserved in private homes.
    • Cremated remains are not to be divided among multiple locations.
    • Cremated remains are not to be scattered.
    • Cremated remains are not to be preserved in mementos, jewelry, or other objects.

You can read the document in its entirety and relevant commentary here: http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2016/10/in-new-doc-cdf-aims-to-bury-ashes.html