Sunday 23 July 2017

Church has chosen doctrine over humanity

Pope Francis arrives to lead a special Jubilee audience in Saint Peter's square. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Pope Francis arrives to lead a special Jubilee audience in Saint Peter's square. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Editorial

Editorial

A question that might once have merited being burned at the stake was asked some time back: "Does God act like the Church, or does the Church act like God?" Of late, the Vatican has been castigated for the latter. A succession of scandals have left it accused of being cold and aloof: laying down doctrine setting it in an opposite direction to its followers.

The latest announcement from Rome that Catholics who wish to be cremated cannot have their ashes scattered, divided up, or kept at home will upset and confuse many.

Placing a loved one's ashes at a cherished beauty spot was regarded for years as paying homage to God's wonders in an act of loving harmony with His creation. But the Church has decreed that cremated remains must now be kept in a sacred, Church-approved place.

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