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Michael wrote:

Hi, guys —

I learned that my best childhood friend recently took his own life. He was cremated, and a Memorial Mass was held for him in a Catholic Church.

  • Is it okay that I submitted his name for the All Soul's Day Mass celebration?

Michael

  { Can you have a Mass said for someone who has taken his own life and was cremated? }

Paul replied:

Dear Michael,

My condolences on your friend. What you did was fine.

We, nor the Church, as a whole, can judge exactly where souls go after death, even for suicide victims. That judgment is only God's domain. If a suicide victim performs the act with a clear mind, out of malice, it is difficult to see how they have not rejected God and His good gift of life. However, the mental state at the time might cloud the mind or coerce the will beyond making a free and deliberate decision, lessening or eradicating potential culpability.

The bottom line is only God knows their internal state at the time and their level of culpability.

What you did was commendable!

Peace,

Paul

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