2510 INTRODUCTION #
Throughout its two thousand year history the Church through its teaching, tradition and iturgy has placed strong emphasis on the sacreuAess and respectful care which should be shown to the bodily remains of the deceased. This reverence and care for the dead has been reflected clearly in our Catholic funeral and ‘rnrial rituals as well as in the Christian burial practices and prayerful remembrance of our deceased.
In 1963 the Church modified its long-standing prohibition of cremation. The new directives allowed cremation to be chosen provided the choice did not reflect a denial or doubt about the Church’s teachings or traditions about lif