Thursday, January 10, 2008

OK.....Spread 'em!

Interesting news from the Italian Catholic Bishop's Conference regarding cremation practices. It seems the Italian "hats" are giving the OK to spreading cremains on beaches, mountains, your favorite golf course, or wherever the deceased wants...

The previous official practice was that cremation was permitted as long as the cremains were interred in the ground or in a columbarium, or fixed places that provide a degree of respect and honor. As far as practices in America go, we'll have to wait to see what the American Bishops come up with. The Italians have come up with a whole new ritual for blessing cremains to be spread. We Americans don't have a ritual for that sort of thing yet. So, until we get a new prayer-book for this, we still abide by the old rules.

Stay tuned!

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