Kerala church gives bishops right to allow cremation of dead

The Kochi-based Syro-Malabar Catholic Church has 31 dioceses, most of them in Kerala.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:August 22, 2014 1:35 pm
The canon law of the Catholic Church allows cremation, which has been in vogue in Western countries. The canon law of the Catholic Church allows cremation, which has been in vogue in Western countries.

The Synod of Kerala-based Syro-Malabar Catholic Church has decided that from now on bishops of various dioceses can permit cremation of the dead, instead of the traditional burial.

Although the Church had allowed cremation under extra-ordinary situations, the right to permit that practice was till vested with the Major Archbishop, the head of the Syro-Malabar Church.

Church spokesman Fr Paul Thelakkattu said the Synod, which met in Kochi the other day, decided to confer that power to local bishops.

“The canon law of the Catholic Church allows cremation, which has been in vogue in Western countries. Now, the Major Archbishop’s right has been given to bishops of respective dioceses,” said Thelakkattu.

The Kochi-based Syro-Malabar Catholic Church has 31 dioceses, most of them in Kerala.

The spokesman said if a person wants cremation, he or his family members can approach their local diocese bishop for permission. This is not meant to popularise cremation, but wanted to simplify the procedure.

He said there was not much takers for cremation in Kerala from Catholic followers. “I know only one incident in Alappuzha in Kerala, where a person wanted cremation. It was allowed.”

He said the funeral service would remain the same, but the place of cremation could be decided after consultation. “Since the idea of cremation has not become a hit among the Catholics, we did not think on that aspect,” said the priest.

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    Brijkhanna
    Aug 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    LET ALL RELIGIONS ADOPT CREMATION AS THE LAST CEREMONY FOR THEIR DEPARTED LOVED ONES IT SHALL SAVE LOT OF LAND FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH.
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      s chadha
      Aug 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm
      Tjey were cremating before they were converted to xtianity .Hindu genes are in tneir blood , culure and change to a foreign religion mskes s difference but cannot erase your forefathers culure , and religious practices
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        James
        Aug 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm
        There is nothing like converted to foreign religion, God has not created India as a different planet. Since nobody had ever seen God, different religious systems came into being. Some people may think mine is not correct, what others saying is correct and there the process of Conversion starts. As far as Christianity is concerned, nobody will compel you to eat this, wear this, address God by this word etc. etc. You have full freedom to formulate your culture
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          ThoughtBank
          Sep 17, 2014 at 11:33 am
          In the future all religions have to accept cremation of dead. Because practically this process is good and will save the land which can be used again for the other ones..The Vatican City and Mecca must think about this.
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