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DPPL 259: Modern Aversion to Death

Modern society fears and avoids death–we all know it. 259. “Hiding death and its signs” is widespread in contemporary society and prone to the difficulties arising from doctrinal and pastoral error. My sense is that human emotion overrules what religion … Continue reading

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DPPL 258: Matters to Avoid Concerning Death

Five aspects to avoid: 258. In matters relating to doctrine, the following are to be avoided: • the invocation of the dead in practices involving divination; • the interpretation or attribution of imaginary effects to dreams relating to the dead, … Continue reading

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DPPL 257: The Paschal Meaning of Death

What does death mean? How do pastoral ministers work with and serve people in grief and pain? 257. It is always necessary to ensure that popular piety is inspired by the principles of the Christian faith. Thus, they should be made … Continue reading

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DPPL 256: The Memorial of the Dead in Popular Piety

Praying for the dead is always good: 256. As with the Liturgy, popular piety pays particular attention to the memory of the dead and carefully raises up to God prayers in suffrage for them. The Church reminds us that we … Continue reading

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DPPL 255: Mass and Office for the Dead

Let’s discuss “Other Suffrage,” and what falls under that heading in DPPL 255: 255. The Church offers the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist for the dead not only on the occasion of their funerals, but also on the third, seventh, … Continue reading

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DPPL 254: Burial and Cremation

Cremation is now permitted, but the Church reminds us of the imagery involved with the burial of a body: 254. Christian piety has always regarded burial as the model for the faithful to follow since it clearly displays how death … Continue reading

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DPPL 253: Great Dignity and Religious Sensibility

The Church gives us three important cautions, lest all you-know-what should break loose. 253. Every stage of the rite of obsequies should be conducted with the greatest dignity and religious sensibility. Hence, it is necessary for: the body of the … Continue reading

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