The Catholic Church doesn’t have any opinion on this. They don’t do it out of the goodness of their heart, but because they believe in it. It’s a very sad thing to say, but it’s important to know.
What, if anything, do we do with the ashes of Catholic children who have died? Are we to bury them in a cemetery, or do I have to give them to St. Mary’s College at Cambridge University?
It depends. If the parents didn’t want the ashes, then no. You can leave ’em in a Catholic Cemetery or you can arrange it so that they are cremated in a Catholic Cemetery for people who have died of cancer, for example. We don’t have any way of doing it on a voluntary basis. If you’re dead and you’re in your sixties and have no children, there are various cremation arrangements. In some countries we do allow that, but they generally have to be voluntary.
I don’t believe in the Church’s stance on cremation! And there are so many Catholics living in Ireland who do not want to accept the Church’s stance on cremation! What do you do?
If you’re in a position where you are Catholic but you have to give up what you believe about the Church’s stance on cremation, you could get involved in something called Catholic Friends. This is a Catholic organisation. Basically, you get to know people like themselves and you’re asked how you can assist the Catholics who are living in Ireland, or you don’t want to know but it may be in circumstances like this where you’re in a bad situation and you are being forced. You might be told to take money. You might be told to go through the Catholic church, but you’re not supposed to give any money for that, so you don’t know what’s going to happen to you then.
Who do we contact to find out whether an organisation is Catholic Friends?
They’re called a member or a member of the congregation. In England, in most cases the Catholic Church would be a member or a member of the congregation.
Could the Catholic Church give us a list of Catholic Cemeteries in Ireland? It’s not clear to me from the letter from the Diocese to the Diocesan Registrar (that I’ve reviewed) whether they can supply a list of what’s their burial ground?
It depends on whether the cemetery is in the area where St. Mary’s College
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