OCF 18: The Deceased

The OCF uses sections 18-20 to treat concerns for the deceased. We’ll look at these matters over the next three days.

18. Through the celebration of the funeral rites, the Church manifests its care for the dead, both baptized members and catechumens. In keeping with the provisions of Codex Iuris Canonici, can. 1183, the Church’s funeral rites may be celebrated for a child who died before baptism and whose parents intended to have the child baptized.

You all knew that the Church properly buries catechumens. They are members from the time of the Rite of Acceptance. Unbaptized children, under these above conditions, too, right?

At the discretion of the local Ordinary, the Church’s funeral rites may be celebrated for a baptized member of another Church or ecclesial community provided this would not be contrary to the wishes of the deceased person and provided the minister of the Church or ecclesial community in which the person was a regular member or communicant is unavailable.

Funeral rites (note the plural which means the big three: vigil, funeral, and committal) may be celebrated for non-Catholics, with the bishop’s approval. I’ve known of many situations in which a non-Catholic is active as a parishioner. Usually this happens with a Catholic spouse, but not always.

Comments, or experiences with these other non-Catholic funerals?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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