Re: Cremation and Roman Catholic Church
Nov 01, 1997 10:03 AM
Doss contributed a news article:
> Historically the church opposed cremation, though it granted
>permission in 1963 as long as it was not understood as a sign denying
>Christian teaching, especially about what the Apostles' Creed calls
>resurrection of the body.
This is a bit confusing. If one really believes that the body is
resurrected, how can one endorse cremation? And how does the declaration
that it is not a "denial" or evasion of "Christian teaching" make it all
> All the while, cremation has become a widely practiced option
>among Catholics. The Cremation Association of America says about 30
>percent of Catholic funerals now include cremation.
I have always found it interesting how one can belong to a faith - such as
Catholicism - and yet "go against" some of the most fundamental teachings,
such as: cremation; abortion; divorce; birth control, etc. . .
What do they think? I wonder if they think that perhaps God is more
understanding then the Church? That's a positive sign. I wonder if it's a
case of simply wanting to belong? I know that some Catholics, after having
an abortion or violating some other Church law, live with the belief they
are going to hell, but hold on to a chance of salvation by just ending up in
purgatory. To live with such a fear, to me, is terrible. . .what kind of a
life can one really have fearing such a destiny? Some have mused that
humanity needs threats of such destinies (karma would fall into this
category) to keep itself from living lives of complete debauchery. Hmmm.
Anyway, I wonder if most Catholics, and every other faith and denomination,
know the "belief system" in which they consider themselves belonging to. To
say "I am a Catholic" or "I am a Muslim" is to say something about yourself.
. .or is it?
"I am a theosophist one day, and something else the next day" - yes, I guess
that does say something about who I think I am. . .it's going to be a long
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