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Why I understand the Catholic Church’s stance on scattering ashes

There are a number of people and organisations that have been getting rather hot under the collar about the recent instruction from the Vatican clarifying the Catholic Church’s position on the scattering ashes and the fact that they  do not like it, or splitting ashes, or jewellery containing ashes, so on and so forth. There are those who […]

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Vatican’s update stance regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation for Roman Catholics

The Vatican has issued an Instruction to the faithful regarding the scattering of ashes. Whilst setting out of their position in many ways makes sense and it is clearly referenced, we will attempt to summarise and translate and convey the message in a slightly more condensed and accessible form. This is our interpretation and I […]

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Is the Church of England softening its stance on exhumation of ashes?

We feedback any reports we come across in the press on exhumation of ashes, we do this so you can start to understand the stance and precedents set by the Church of England.  We hope to help you in deciding whether your case may be considered worthy enough to meet the CoE’s stance of ‘exceptional circumstance’. Recently a lady wanted […]

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St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, City of London

Soon you be able to inter your ashes in one of London’s oldest churches St Bartholomew the Great in West Smithfield  They are awaiting enough reservations to then commission it. The niche columbarium. The niche system, will include decorative coloured stone plinths, that will compliment the design of the church. It will comprise 196 niche chambers with […]

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Japanese Buddhist temples criticised for interring ashes sent through the post

  Japan is a predominantly secular country although nominally a third (about 90 million people) follow the Buddhist tradition. Now a small number of temples are offering a postal service accepting cremation ashes through the post, which the priests then inter at the charnel house. This has come under some criticism. The reason given is […]

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New cremation law to be introduced in the Republic of Cyprus

  The Republic of Cyprus (the southern bit) is looking to introduce some laws on cremation. Within these is all the sensible  one might expect: stuff thou shalt  remove all pacemakers along with all clothing or footwear containing rubber or PVC, earrings, bracelets, rings, glasses, and any foreign material which cannot be cremated. However, dental […]

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Exhumation of ashes order not granted: plea not considered to be exceptional

© Copyright Oast House Archive Previously we have reported on success stories where a family has managed to secure the approval for exhumation of ashes via the Church of England’s Consistory Court. We had pointed out exhumation orders on church consecrated land were rare. Here is a story from the news website KentOnline about a lady […]

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Archdiocese of Washington’s thinking on the scattering of ashes – in short they don’t like it!

 Ashes to Armaments Dust to Detonation – A Brief Essay on What NOT to do with Cremated Remains Author Mr Charles Pope “Cremation, though permitted by the Church, often presents pastoral problems for the Church. For, as experience shows, many people treat cremated remains (aka, cremains) in ways that would be unthinkable in terms of […]

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