Monday 16 January 2017

Answer angels question before dealing with issue of ashes

Published 28/10/2016 | 02:30

Pope Francis Photo: Reuters
Pope Francis Photo: Reuters

When I saw the headline in your comments section this week (Irish Independent, October 26, 2016) that started "Ashes ban is the Vatican's...," I thought the article was about the Papacy's dislike of either cricket or Australians.

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To my surprise, the subject of the article, being the Vatican's ban on the scattering of ashes, or keeping the ashes at home, was a greater shock than my incomprehension of a Catholic fatwa against a soothing sport or our relatives Down Under.

I really cannot understand how the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith can spend time discussing what can and cannot be done with ashes when we still do not have a definitive answer to how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

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