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Can Catholics be cremated? I was taught that cremation is a pagan ritual and therefore forbidden.

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Can Catholics be cremated? I was taught that cremation is a pagan ritual and therefore forbidden.

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Early Christians opposed cremation because pagans often cremated their dead as a sign of disdain for the Christian’s belief in the physical resurrection of the body. To protect belief in this doctrine of faith, the Church forbade cremation. That prohibition was lifted in 1963.

The Church still recommends that the faithful be buried, but Catholics may be cremated so long as cremation does not demonstrate a denial of belief in the resurrection of the body (CCC 2301).

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  1. so many folks are poor cannot afford the veryhigh cost of burial so aslong as we believed in the almighty God and have a memorial mass in church i believe in cremation God is the the only one you answer to, and he is a very understanding ,,loving ,,forgiving God amen

  2. Don’t limit God’s power. God also can resurrect the body that ashes have been scattered. In my community, most Catholics scattered their love one ashes at the sea or river. People don’t feel comfortable keeping their ashes in the urn permanently.The Catholic church (in USA)only makes recommendations about keeping ashes, but it’s not something binding. I always go to the beach and scatter some flowers on the beach in memory of my death relatives.

  3. 9 TIMES OUTTA 10 A CATHOLIC IS BEING JUDGEMENTAL OR ACTING AS IF THEY ARE PERFECT BECAUSE IT IS IN SELF DEFENSE. I AS A CATHOLIC HAVE BEEN CALLED PAGAN, IDOL WORSHIPER, MARY WORSHIPER, AN CULTIST, BY ALL MY SO CALLED PROTESTANT BROTHERS, AND I AM DAMN SICK OF IT. THE PROTESTANTS TO ME ARE THE HOLYIER THAN THOU PEOPLE!!!

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