Church calls us to 'bury the dead' no matter what someone did in life

July 29, 2019 at 12:37 p.m.


As a Catholic, I am shocked by the inability of the funeral director who has the body of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect to find a cemetery willing to accept the body for burial. I am also shocked by the anger, animosity and desire for revenge being expressed by so many people, by the public generally, and by people demonstrating outside the funeral home.

Aren’t we called to forgive, love and reverence bodies of the dead, no matter what the people did when living?  Is not one of the precepts of the Church that we should “bury the dead”? Are there no Catholic cemeteries that can find a place for this man?

Am I crazy, or am I right in thinking that the way of love and mercy is the way Jesus wants us to go?

 Mary Ann Bentz
Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton

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As a Catholic, I am shocked by the inability of the funeral director who has the body of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect to find a cemetery willing to accept the body for burial. I am also shocked by the anger, animosity and desire for revenge being expressed by so many people, by the public generally, and by people demonstrating outside the funeral home.

Aren’t we called to forgive, love and reverence bodies of the dead, no matter what the people did when living?  Is not one of the precepts of the Church that we should “bury the dead”? Are there no Catholic cemeteries that can find a place for this man?

Am I crazy, or am I right in thinking that the way of love and mercy is the way Jesus wants us to go?

 Mary Ann Bentz
Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton

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