Catholics/burying and suicide


Why was the Catholic Church so against burying people who committed suicide at a cemetery in the past? Did the view of suicide just change in modern times? Didn't the Church also believe that sexual sins or alcoholism was in a way some kind of spiritual suicide, ie. saying no to God who is Life itself?

Suicide is most often the result of mental illness, not a rational decision.

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Daniel Keeran


I can answer most questions about Catholicism, especially those pertaining to historical theology and church history.


I have read and studied extensively in the area and have authored related books. I have visited Rome numerous times and visited ancient Christian monuments throughout Europe and Italy.

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MA, MSW from the University of Kentucky and Kent School of Social Work respectively.

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