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Melinda Varga wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am not of the Catholic faith and now find myself responsible for a burial of someone who was Catholic. The person in question is originally from Italy and was married there. She lived in North America for the past 60 years — for 50 years together with a man without marriage.

I am not sure if the person was divorced from her previous marriage or not.

  • Is it possible to bury this person in a Catholic cemetery?
  • What are the Catholic guidelines and doctrines related to this situation?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Melinda Varga

  { What are the Catholic guidelines related to someone being buried in a Catholic cemetery? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:


It depends on the local rules for that particular cemetery in that particular diocese. If there are no particular rules then anyone can be buried there.

When I speak of local rules I mean legitimate things such as only parishioners from the parish can be buried here.

For the record this is Canon 1180, §2 in the Code of Canon Law.

§2. Everyone, however, is permitted to choose the cemetery of burial unless prohibited by law.

Fr. Jonathan

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