So, I’ve had a question rolling around in my head, and I thought I’d ask on here.
It is my understanding (and please, correct me if I’m wrong) that in order for an alter to be considered valid, it must contain a relic from a saint. Often times, this relic was a piece of bone or other body part.
It is also my understanding that as Catholics, we are obligated to be buried as a whole and not scattered as ash or anything like that.
So, this raises the question, since we are obligated to be buried as a whole, or, as whole as is possible, but we require relics from saints in order to form our altars, doesn’t that mean that we are preventing the saints from being buried intact, and therefor committing a sin?
Sorry if this is completely unfounded, I’m not entirely sure where I heard this about the relics. If I’m wrong, please let me know; but if I’m right, can someone please explain this?
Thanks you and God bless!