Hello all. Let us say and pretend that you and another person get stranded in an isolated area (a small island; a high mountain; a remote valley; etc.). This other person reveals that he is not Catholic but a member of another religion (Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist, Mormon, Muslim Satanist, etc.). You may or may not be perturbed by this, but it does not really matter. You both have to work together to survive. After months of being stranded, you and this other person bond to the point that you both are practically brother/sister. Eventually, this other person dies. It does not matter whether he/she died by starvation, dehydration, or even an invasion of “Alien Astronauts.” He/she is dead and his/her body must be disposed of. But how?
For example, let us say this other person is Muslim. If I am not mistaken, Islam decrees that the corpse of Muslims must not come into physical contact with non-Muslims. Not to mention, they have to be disposed of according to their religious rites. But, as a Catholic, you do not believe these things and I guess it is morally permissible to dispose of that person’s corpse in anyway you see morally fit. At the same time, one must consider Christ’s “Golden Rule” which is to treat others the way you want to be treated. I most certainly would not want my corpse to be disposed of in a non-Catholic way, but I do not wish to perform a non-Catholic “corpse disposal rite” on anyone.
Personally, I think that this other person’s body should be disposed of in the most Catholic way possible (seeing as that a Priest did not get stranded with you). After all, I believe the Lord would only recognize Catholic “corpse disposal” rites. But what do you think? I thank you in advance for you answers.
*I say “corpse disposal” because I am aware that a body can be disposed of in many ways such as cremation or burial.