My family and I were talking today about relics and the more I talked about it, the more I got confused.
I know that the Catholic Church does not allow for the dispersion of a cremated person’s ashes, and in any case of death requires a burial. Yet why do we not do this with a Saint’s body? There are multiple pieces of, for instance, Saint Therese, around the world.
For an example, let’s say I was canonized a saint (highly unlikely, but for the purposes of an example ) What if I had died,oh, 75 years ago. Would my body be exhumed and the remains dispersed as relics?
For clarification purposes, I am in now way “bashing” the Catholic practice of relic veneration. Just trying to make sure I have a pretty good understanding of the practice in the case of having to defend it in the questioning of a non-Catholic.
God bless and have a wonderful weekend,