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  •  No Catholic burial for him, I'm afraid. (14+ / 0-)

    Which might not mean much to most people, but it means a lot to devout Catholics.  Catholic doctrine is pretty strict on the matter.  Linky:

    That suicide is unlawful is the teaching of Holy Scripture and of the Church, which condemns the act as a most atrocious crime and, in hatred of the sin and to arouse the horror of its children, denies the suicide Christian burial. Moreover, suicide is directly opposed to the most powerful and invincible tendency of every creature and especially of man, the preservation of life. Finally, for a sane man deliberately to take his own life, he must, as a general rule, first have annihilated in himself all that he possessed of spiritual life, since suicide is in absolute contradiction to everything that the Christian religion teaches us as to the end and object of life and, except in cases of insanity, is usually the natural termination of a life of disorder, weakness, and cowardice.
    There are no exceptions.  However, the individual might have mitigating factors that don't condemn him to hell:
    Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.  (ibid)
    On the other hand, that the dude offed himself in a cathedral, at the alter, in front of children does not bode well for him:
    If suicide is committed with the intention of setting an example, especially to the young, it also takes on the gravity of scandal.  (ibid)
    What in hell was the guy thinking?  As a believer he had to have known he was likely condemning his soul to eternal damnation.

    "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

    by Involuntary Exile on Tue May 21, 2013 at 01:19:14 PM PDT

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