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Catholic Church sets out strict new directive on scattering of ashes

The Vatican has set out strict new rules on cremation, including a ban on having ashes put into jewellery or kept in an urn.

Father Kevin Dillon told Tom Elliott he wasn’t surprised the church had moved to clarify its position.

‘It’s a more of establishing a sense of tradition where they see the respect that’s been there for years,’ he said on 3AW Drive.

‘I think it’s an attempt to say putting ashes into jewellery…is going a  bit beyond the pale.

‘Up until 40-50 years ago cremation was banned, for common sense reasons that ban has been removed but it has moved into an area for what (some) would see as strange behaviour.’

Click PLAY to Parish Priest at St Mary of the Angels, Geelong Fr Kevin Dillon: