Tuesday 6 December 2016

Shepherds are supposed to lead, not blindly follow, their lost flock

Published 29/10/2016 | 02:30

Some conservative opponents have described the Church under Pope Francis as 'a ship without a rudder' Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo
Some conservative opponents have described the Church under Pope Francis as 'a ship without a rudder' Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

This week the Vatican issued a directive not to scatter the ashes of loved ones after cremation, and instructed followers to only store them in places approved by the Church. Remains of loved ones should be spread only in consecrated graveyards or holy places specifically dedicated to this purpose.

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The Church's doctrinal watchdog said that, unless a local bishop agrees, "the conservation of ashes at home is no longer permissible, neither is dispersion of ashes in the air, on the ground, on water or in commemorative objects".

All hell broke loose as the Pontiff's latest missive sent Joe Duffy's hotline into holy inferno territory.

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