In my Catholic Dictionary it says that cremation is sctrictly forbidden. What is the position of the Church on this matter?
"It may be allowed by ecclesiastical authority for a grave reason, e.g. public health.

This has been asked many times and the apologists have explained it as follows.

*]Does the Church allow cremation?
*] What can be done with cremation remains?
*] What happens to a cremated body?
*]What is the Church’s stance on spreading the ashes of cremated Catholics?

It is not forbidden by the Church.

CCC 2301 Autopsies can be morally permitted for legal inquests or scientific research. The free gift of organs after death is legitimate and can be meritorious.
The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.

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