Not everyone can count on church burial. Who is denied it
In what cases can a priest refuse a church burial?
According to the “Gazeta” portal, as a rule, every baptized person can count on a church burial. There are times, however, that priests refuse to do so on certain occasions. When can a cleric say this form of a last farewell?
Any refusal must be followed by
The priest has no right to refuse to celebrate a church funeral without giving a valid reason for such a decision. There are situations in which clergy may decide that a person is not entitled to a church burial.
The “Gazeta” portal recalled the famous situation from 2017, when the priest refused to burial a person, stating that the deceased was “a drunkard and rarely appeared in the temple”. It was supposed to be a lesson for others. And although the Catholic burial was finally agreed, the coffin with the body was not brought into the church.
Under current canonical regulations, there are three situations in which a priest may say a church funeral. This form of burial is denied: apostates, heretics and schismatics, people who chose cremation on the basis of a motive in opposition to the Catholic faith, as well as outright sinners, who would cause a burial to scandal others.
Who is an open sinner?
Canonical regulations deny church funeral to open sinners. Who can be considered such a sinner? There are no strictly defined rules. Many people believe that this applies to people who regularly commit the most serious crimes.
As indicated by the portal “Rock”, people who live in a sacramental relationship can be classified as an overt sinner, although with the proviso that they did not maintain a relationship with the church. People who stopped attending Sunday mass, did not send their children to religion lessons, or did not receive a priest after the Christmas carol, are also considered as such.
What is important, in each case it is important that whether or not before death the person expressed regret and remorse over the sins they committed. It does not have to be just a confession, but also a request to call a priest, even if the clergyman does not arrive on time. It could also be a kiss of the cross or some other gesture of faith.
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