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Does the delayed burial of Jesus attest to the fact that he had no close relatives other than his mother?

Jesus of Nazareth had been (supposedly) 'executed'. Actually he had yielded up his own life and 'expired', see all four gospels. As such, he was still 'in custody' and his body would, ordinarily, have ...
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May a Catholic have thier cremated remains poured out at sea?

May Catholics have thier cremated remains poured out at sea? The short answer is no. Anyone familiar with the Catholic Church knows that over the years, they have changed their policies many times on ...
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Are Catholics expected to bury amputated body parts in a cemetery?

In a word, no. There is no particular Church teaching regarding what to do with amputated body parts, exported organs, and so forth. Hence, proper medical protocols should be followed (including ...
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Are Catholics expected to bury amputated body parts in a cemetery?

The whole rationale behind discouraging cremation is that it does not affirm Catholics' faith in the resurrection of the body, and cremation is practiced by pagans and other non-believers. At the ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a written rule on the depth of a grave in a cemetery?

As far as universal rules are concerned, Canon 1243 is relevant: Appropriate norms are to be enacted by particular law for the management of cemeteries, especially in what concerns the ...
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Does the delayed burial of Jesus attest to the fact that he had no close relatives other than his mother?

Does the delayed burial of Jesus attest to the fact that he had no close relatives other than his mother? Before going into this question let us first see what St. John states in his Gospel. St. John ...
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Does the delayed burial of Jesus attest to the fact that he had no close relatives other than his mother?

In answer to the OP, no, the delay in burial does not attest to the fact of no close relatives. Rather, it attests to two other things. One was the fact that Jesus had been tried as a criminal, ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His Death and Resurrection?

Where and what did Jesus go and do between Death and Resurrection? Normally when we speak of “hell” we mean “the fires of hell” or Gehenna. However the Greek word hades really refers to the interim ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that destroying a grave or body is an act of desecration?

No, this is not the only example. The prophecy of 1 Kings 13 must also be taken into account, and especially its fulfillment. 2 Kings 23:20 is its fulfillment: "And he slew all the priests of the ...
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Why is the interlocking-squares (gammadia) a symbol of the Melchizedek Priesthood?

Why is the square a symbol of the Melchizedek Priesthood? Short answer is because it's on the altar cloth with Melchizedek on the mosaic. I've been unable to find any ancient reference to the eight ...
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Why does the Catholic Church prefer burials over cremation?

TL;DR The Church considered cremation as incompatible with the Christian tradition of burial (inherited from Judaism, and kept by Christians later on). This became particularly clear when secular ...
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Why does the Catholic Church prefer burials over cremation?

Cremation erodes the belief in the resurrection of the body* and the afterlife (although nothing can prevent our bodies from resurrecting on the last day). Moral theologians Frs. McHugh, O.P. & ...
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Why are people traditionally buried facing east?

Most churches are built with the altar at the east end, expecting the Second Coming of Christ to be from the East: New International Version of Matthew 24:27 - "For as lightning that comes from the ...
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Aquamation (alkaline hydrolysis) as alternative to burial or cremation; NY Catholic Conference and Catholic Church's current position?

Aquamation (alkaline hydrolysis) as alternative to burial or cremation; NY Catholic Conference and Catholic Church's current position? When the alkaline hydrolysis was proposed in New York state in ...
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Do the Rogue Pits of cemeteries still exist?

Do the Rogue Pits of cemeteries still exist? The rogue pits that once existed were outside consecrated land and not part of a Catholic cemetery. "Denying sacramental rites to detractors has been ...
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Why was the dead body of Saul cremated?

Probably because his body had already started rotting. It is possible that there may have been a few days between his death and the recovery of his body by the men of Jabesh-Gilead. I can't say that ...
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Why was the dead body of Saul cremated?

Why was the dead body of Saul cremated? Simply put it was a time of war and they probably feared that the Philistines might try to desecrate the bodies of the fall men of Israel. Cremation was not a ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His death and resurrection? (non-Trinitarian perspective)

Qualifications to answer from this perspective: I am a nontrinitarian Christian, monotheist, who believes John 17:3 which teaches that the Father is "the only true God." I also accept that ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His Death and Resurrection?

Just to share a quote from Irenaeus who's quoting various scriptures here about this question. But the case was, that for three days He dwelt in the place where the dead were, as the prophet says ...
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What do the unconventional shapes of coffins of Christian burial in some countries signify?

What do the unconventional shapes of coffins of Christian burial in some countries signify? That wil depend on the individual being buried, as it would seem to be something more in line with what ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His Death and Resurrection?

Protestant Point of View Two scriptures must be considered when dealing with the journeys of Jesus between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection: Luke 23:43 - Jesus answered him, 'I tell you the truth,...
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Do the Rogue Pits of cemeteries still exist?

See 1983 Code of Canon Law can. 1184 (cf. 1917 Code can. 1240 and Dom Augustine's commentary on it): Can. 1184 §1. Unless they gave some signs of repentance before death, the following must be ...
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Why are people traditionally buried facing east?

At one time, it was true that Catholics must be buried facing the east. It is no longer true, and it was part of the same Church Law which said that the body of the faithful departed should face the ...
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Why are people traditionally buried facing east?

In the Judeo-Christian tradition the East was the direction of prayer since the time of Abraham. Genesis mentions at least once, that he got up in the early morning facing East toward the rising sun ...
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