Melting Corpses?! What Does the Church Teach About Burial and Respect for the Dead?


If you die on Malta, if a proposed alternate corpse disposal system is approved,your soft tissues could be melted down into a thick, syrupy paste, then along with standard waste, it could be dumped into the sewer system or used to fertilize crops, Your bones could be ground up, then returned to your family, like ashes, to be scattered.The island of Malta is pretty small--only about 95 square miles.  And it's pretty crowded, with more than 450,000 residents. So getting rid of dea … [Read more...]

Popular Priest, Theologian and Author Reaches Mountaintop — Then Falls and Dies

Fr Robert Cormier

Father Robert Cormier, a New Jersey priest and author, has died in a tragic 1,000-foot fall from the top of Mount Hood.According to, the local Fox News affiliate in Jersey City: Sheriff's office spokesman Pete Hughes said Cormier ascended Mount Hood's south side with two others, one of whom suffered a leg cramp.Cormier continued alone and appeared to reach the summit before he fell near Eliot Glacier at the volcanic peak 50 miles east of Portland.A helicopter photographed … [Read more...]

Hog Heaven? Ohio Man Is Buried Astride His Harley

Hog Heaven

You can't take it with you--but darned!  You can try!Billy Standley of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, loved his Harley.  For eighteen years, the former ranch hand and rodeo rider told people he wanted to be buried astride his 1967 Harley Davidson Electra Guide cruiser.  And now, his family has helped that dream to come true.Standley's motorcycle helped him, he said, to retain a sense of adventure after he settled down to raise four children.  So for years, he planned the elaborate funeral that wou … [Read more...]