Why are there no funerals for miscarriages?

i asked this of my mom, the family theologian, and she was fully stumped. usually we are able to have long conversations where i point out my problems with catholic doctrine, and she’s usually able to satisfy me that she’s not just following it out of blind duty - she’s a smart lady.

anyways - my inconsistency is this.

the catholic church asserts that life begins at conception. most religons seem to agree on that, and i assume it to be the reason for the catholic church’s vocal and activist stance on abortion.

so - why no funerals? a miscarriage is the ending of a life, according to the catholic church. how is the church equipped to see the embryo’s soul into heaven?

a devout catholic friend of mine answered “well, no sacrament of baptism, no funeral.” which seems like a reasonable answer - but it begs the question “why the activism?”

it seems extremely inconsistent for catholics to get emotional and devote so much time and energy to a stranger’s embryo but leave their own out of the sacrament and ceremony?

thanks for your time,
sean o’leary


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