What's Wrong With Cremation?

I was just talking to a man coming out if the Adoration Chapel about cremation. He admitted that he hoped to be cremated. Isn't that ironic? You just left a chapel dedicated to adoring Christ's resurrected body, and you hope to turn your own into ashes? Here's what the Catholic Catechism says about cremation: " The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body" (CCC 2301). The preceding paragraph, however, says this: " The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection. The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy; it honors the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit." Ultimately,  I think cremation represents no less than the rejection, i.e. "burning", of some of the Church's most important teachings: the Theology of the Body; the Imago Dei , that we are created in the "image of God" Read More April 11, 2016