Catholics are not allowed to keep the urns for ashes in Perth of cremated loved ones at home, scattering them, splitting them among family members, or making them as mementoes, according to the Vatican.
The ashes should be kept in a sacred place like the cemetery. This is an instruction revealed at a press conference in Rome.
Accepting the increasing number of Catholics who want cremation done over burial, church’s disciplinary body and doctrines warned against new concepts against the church’s faith.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prefect, Cardinal Gerhard Muller said that burial of the dead is more preferable than cremation.
He said that“we come from the earth and to the earth we shall return. The church continues to advise that the bodies of the dead be buried in sacred grounds or perhaps the cemetery. “
“However, cremation has increased tremendously since 1963 and requires a new guideline for increasing trend of domestic conservation,” he added.
“The ashes of the dead must be stored in a holy ground like a church, a cemetery or any place that has been dedicated for this purpose. To conserve or keep the urns for ashes in Perth at home is never permitted,” he said.
“Furthermore, the scattering of ashes on the ground, on water, and in the air, or in some other way, as well as making the cremated ashes as jewellery in memory of the dead is never allowed, to avoid any nihilistic, naturalistic or pantheistic misunderstanding.”
A bishop may permit to keep the ashes at home only for exceptional reasons, according to stated instructions.
There are those who keep the ashes of their loved ones in special urns for ashes in Perth for display, while there are also those who disperse them in gardens in remembrance of their favourite spots. Possibilities include combining them with paint, concrete or clay to create various works of art and incorporate them into building projects, having their ashes pressed into vinyl to form a special memento, or making them a form of jewellery.
The Vatican document was dated August 15th and said Pope Francis approved it in March 2017. The instruction was revealed on November 2nd, All Soul’s Day, when the faithful is prayed and remembered.