Burial of the Faithful

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued the Instruction: Ad resurgendum cum Christo. It addresses the burial of a deceased person and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation. The document, in the words of Cardinal Müller the Prefect, “aims to underline the doctrinal and pastoral reasons for the preference of the burial of the faithful and to set out norms pertaining to the conservation of ashes in the case of cremation.” The Instruction is five pages in length and I ask you to pay special attention to paragraphs 4, 5, and 6 with regard to cremation.

Instruction: Ad resurgendum cum Christo