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Old Jan 22, '07, 7:08 pm
Montie Claunch Montie Claunch is offline
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Default Cremation a Sin?

I had heard that Cremation was a sin (form the Kingdom Of heaven movie. Yeah I know movies arn't credible sourses but I would like to just make sure). The explanation was that it attempts to prevent the ressurection. This is a two fold question.

1. Is it true that cremation is a Sin?

2. If yes, why would it be a attempt to prevent the ressurection? I would have figured that we are going to return to dust anyhow or is there something I am not following. Is this a real reason or was it something someone just made up? Is there another reason for it?

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Old Jan 22, '07, 7:41 pm
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Currently, a Catholic may choose to be cremated for his final arrangements. It is not a sin. However, if you were to choose it so as to demonstrate your disbelief in the power of God or disbelief in Christ, this would be a sin. The historical fact is that the Church did not allow cremation in the past and had penalties attached. They are not making that part up. It was in older canon law, and I'm sure someone can set you up with a link.

Do be aware that you ought not plan to have the ashes "scattered". This is taught to be disrespectful to how a body ought to be cared for. An urn or the like is more suited.

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Old Jan 23, '07, 9:38 am
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I don't think it's a sin, but I do not want it done to me. A ground burial seems more dignified.
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Old Jan 23, '07, 9:42 am
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A ground burial seems more dignified.
Being injected full of chemicals and put in the ground to decompose at a slower rate doesn't seem any more respectful to me than being cremated, but things like "respect" are far more subjective than objective. To each their own!
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Old Jan 23, '07, 11:27 am
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Here's a link to a brochure that describes Catholic teachings on cremation: http://www.nyscatholicconference.org/uploads/issues_270cremation%20brochure%20nyscc.p df
Scroll to the second page for a brief summary of Catholic teachings.

At one time, cremation was done by pagans and the practiced implied an anti-Christian message that denied of the resurrection of the body. Cremation no longer carries that implication in our culture, so the practice of cremation is allowed now. Cremated remains should be buried or entombed. Cremated remains should not be scattered, nor placed in a jar and kept on the mantle. etc.
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Old Jan 23, '07, 12:42 pm
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You don't have to be buried. You can have your ashes kept nicely in the niche of an appropriate columbarium (sp?), I assume. This is what I had in mind when I said an urn was okay. I think the urn goes in the niche. I don't come from a Catholic family, so I find Catholic practices in this area not to come naturally to me.
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Old Jan 23, '07, 4:20 pm
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http://forums.catholic.com/showthrea...58#post1832958

A better discussion of this topic above.
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Old Jan 29, '07, 4:20 pm
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Default Re: Cremation a Sin?

I have known of deceased Priest being cremated so would not think so.

But out of preference would prefer burial. I just do not fancy going into an oven and being heated up until I disintegrate.
I find it rather scary really. I am not really looking forward to burial but think it is better than cremation
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Old Jan 29, '07, 5:03 pm
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Not if you keep the ashes in an urn and entomb them. To scatter the ashes is to deny the Resurrection--it is a part of Indian and some Native American practices because it symbolizes return to the earth (or to Void, in India). But considering those philosophies don't believe in individual survival after death, they're not consonant with the Faith.
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if you keep the ashes in an urn and entomb them
My daughter wants me cremated so she can use me as an egg timer. She says that every time she has an egg, she will remember me. But surely it depends on the size of the egg.

I will run through at the same rate, because there is the same mass of me. But if it is a small egg then surely it will be over-cooked by the time I have transposed from the top to the bottom. Likewise, if it is a very large egg, there may not be enough of me to ensure the egg is properly cooked. So, I have suggested that she either puts me into two egg timers and take the timing of whichever one finishes last or give up eating eggs!
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Old Jan 29, '07, 5:11 pm
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Sorry, Mods, I just could not resist a bit of banter.

Actually, it also shows that we can be light hearted about death, it is after all not the end. It is not a calamity. It is merely a stepping stone from one life to the other.
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Here's a link to a brochure that describes Catholic teachings on cremation: http://www.nyscatholicconference.org/uploads/issues_270cremation%20brochure%20nyscc.p df
Scroll to the second page for a brief summary of Catholic teachings.

At one time, cremation was done by pagans and the practiced implied an anti-Christian message that denied of the resurrection of the body. Cremation no longer carries that implication in our culture, so the practice of cremation is allowed now. Cremated remains should be buried or entombed. Cremated remains should not be scattered, nor placed in a jar and kept on the mantle. etc.
Thats hitting the nail on the head.
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