Over the past several weeks various myths have been debunked concerning Catholic cemeteries. Continuing the conversation the focus turns to the myth that “non-Catholic family members, former Catholics, and non-practicing Catholics may not be buried in Catholic cemeteries.”
While Catholic cemeteries are intended for the burial of Catholics, the importance of family is recognized. Family members who may not be Catholic (spouses, children, parents, etc.) can be buried in Catholic cemeteries in order to maintain family unity even in death.
Reconciliation is the hope of the Church even in death. A former Catholic may be buried in a Catholic cemetery as long as there is no public scandal or controversy involved. An inactive or non-practicing Catholic may be buried in a Catholic cemetery with the same caution.