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Sue Scheider wrote:

Hi, guys—

  • What is the Catholic view and teaching on biodegradable urns that grow into trees?

They are very popular.

Thank you,

Sue

  { What is the Catholic view and teaching on biodegradable urns that grow into trees? }

Mike replied:

Dear Sue,

I am not aware of any position the Catholic Church takes on biodegradable urns (that grow into trees).

What the Church has spoken on is cremation. From the Catechism:

Respect for the dead

2299 The dying should be given attention and care to help them live their last moments in dignity and peace. They will be helped by the prayer of their relatives, who must see to it that the sick receive at the proper time the sacraments that prepare them to meet the living God.

2300 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; (cf. Tobit 1:16-18) it honors the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit.

2301 Autopsies can be morally permitted for legal inquests or scientific research. The free gift of organs after death is legitimate and can be meritorious.

The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body. (cf. Code of Canon Law, Canon 1176 § 3)

The key in answering your question is paragraph 2300 where it states:

The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection.

That said, if one is using a biodegradable urn that may grow into a tree, it disrespects the bodies of those that have passed and should not be used.

Mike

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