Allan Hall of the Daily Telegraph wrote the following on July 8th:
The method is said to be cheaper and greener than burning bodies in crematoria or burying them in valuable land. If Brussels approves, the procedure could be used across Europe. Many people found the idea “disturbing” a Belgian survey discovered.
Had the date been April 1st I might have considered it a rather tasteless joke – but it is not April 1st, and given the proclivity of the European Parliament for issuing incomprehensible edicts, and the Daily Telegraph for putting it on its front page one wonders just what might be being dreamt up by the European Parliament.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states quite clearly`The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection. The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy; it honours the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit’.
I am sure I am not alone in my incomprehension of a mind that can treat the bodies of the dead like last nights washing-up water – to be flushed away and thought of no more. I am similarly certain, that even given the secular nature of most of Europe, there will be enough Christian people who will make their voices heard in rejection of what is an affront to souls who have existed in the likeness of He who created them. Or will they?