Varietates Legitimae 58: Funerals

In addition to weddings, funerals are also a more common point at which the practices of non-Christian religions and cultures intersect with Church practice:

58. Among all peoples, funerals are always surrounded with special rites, often of great expressive value. To answer to the needs of different countries, the Roman Ritual offers several forms of funerals. (OCF 4) Episcopal conferences must choose those which correspond best to local customs. (OCF 9 and 21.1-21.3) They will wish to preserve all that is good in family traditions and local customs, and ensure that funeral rites manifest the Christian faith in the resurrection and bear witness to the true values of the Gospel. (OCF 2) It is in this perspective that funeral rituals can incorporate the customs of different cultures and respond as best they can to the needs and traditions of each region. (SC 81)


As we saw in our recent review of the funeral rites (note the page on the rites, above) the OCF is eminently flexible and pastoral in its approach. Wise and thoughtful bishops and ministers will utilize it to its full potential.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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