Down to the Wire: Just $7,963 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Cremation gains increasing acceptance among Catholics

Catholic World News - November 06, 2012

Nearly five decades after the Vatican first permitted cremation, 20% of Catholic families in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and 40% in the Diocese of Phoenix, are opting for cremation, according to diocesan officials contacted by Catholic World Report.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “the Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($59,447 to go):
$150,000.00 $90,553.12
40% 60%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: mateskub8508 - Nov. 07, 2012 9:00 AM ET USA

    It pains me to observe that so many times this issue is mentioned, the first part of the sentence is omitted: "The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the bodies of the deceased be observed; nevertheless..." (CIC 1176 §3) It is also noteworthy, that by ecclesiastical funerals the Church honors the bodies of the deceased (CIC 1176 §2). I can't see how with all the confusion of "cremains" being scattered, kept on shelves, baked in cakes the body is being honored.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Getting Marriage Right 9 hours ago
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. 12 hours ago
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg 16 hours ago
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said 18 hours ago
Public perception demands a way of mercy November 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - 21 hours ago