Dealing with Death by Suicide

Posted December 15, 2018 1:24 pm by Dwight Longenecker

Dealing with Death by Suicide

Now another bad news day for Catholic priests: a priest in Michigan is being criticized for his handling of the funeral of a young man who took his own life.
The story is here.
The parents are upset that the priest mentioned suicide at the funeral and did not use the funeral to celebrate the boy’s life.
Tough one.
What does the church teach about suicide and what is a funeral for?
It used to be that suicide was a mortal sin. No questions asked. The person who took their own life was denied a Catholic funeral and could not be buried in consecrated ground.

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