[quote=TAS2000]I was talking about this thread to a fellow choir memeber last night at church and she was VERY anxious to know if there was any sort of restriction about non-catholics being buried in a Catholic cemetary. I didn’t know for sure, so I said I’d ask. My gut instinct says no problem, but since I was surprised at this answer, I figured I’d better check with the more learned.
There is no prohibition in universal law. Conceivably a diocesan bishop might so legislate.
But I think that’s highly unlikely in light of the Church’s understanding toward non-Catholic Christians and even non-Christians. After all, the Church permits its own funeral rites to be used in certain situations for non-Catholics. It takes cognizance that there are Catholic / non-Catholic marriages, and shows concern for the non-Catholics. It extends special concern toward catechumens and candidates for full reception. And at the time of bereavement, the Church is concerned that its ministers be especially charitable and merciful. So we’d probably let non- Catholics rest in our grounds and permit non-Catholic ministers to conduct the services.
Of course, anyone with nagging questions could also contact his or her cemetery of choice or read an existing contract for plot and interment. There might be policies that would affect the funeral of a non - Catholic. (E.g., the cemetary might itself forbid the scattering of ashes for everyone. While Catholics cannot have their ashes scattered, this is an ecclesiastical law and would not bind a non-Catholic per se. But the policy could prevent it. Since this is a hypothetical, that’s all I would say about the example though.)