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teaching of the Church is...
"Can. 1203 § 1
The bodies of the faithful departed shall be buried, their cremation being
reprobated. § 2 If anyone by any manner orders that his body be cremated, it is
illicit to execute that desire; and if this was added to any contract or
testament or any other act it is considered as not being added." (1917 Code of
This practice has
always been rejected by Catholics until the "sinister movement" (Catholic
Encyclopedia) pushing for cremation gained ground. The 1983 Code of Canon Law
states that: "Can. 1176 §3 The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom
of burial be retained; but it does not forbid cremation, unless this is chosen
for reasons which are contrary to Christian teaching."
Catholics would reject the novel practice altogether. Other Catholics,
unfortunately, may chose this option.
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