Can a Catholic be cremated and have ashes scattered?

Can a Catholic be cremated and if so can he have his ashes scattered or do the ashes have to be buried once cremated?

A Catholic can indeed be cremated but the ashes must be placed in an urn, coffin, or other suitable container before being committed to the ground or to a body of water. Ashes cannot be scattered because the Church does not consider that to be fitting treatment for the human body.

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