The Catholic church accepts cremation as an option, but forbids the scattering of ashes and the growing practice of keeping cremated remains at home.
Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl says the document reflects the tradition of the Roman Catholic church and the consensus opinion of its highest-ranking prelates.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith leaders listened to women theologians and others talk about women's roles in the church, during a Sept. 26-28 symposium.
Some members are clearly supportive of the possibility of women serving as deacons, while others says there is no firm historical precedent to follow.
NCR Today: Meanwhile, Jesuit Fr. Klaus Mertes, the whistleblower who first unveiled the abuse in the Jesuit College in Berlin, has called for Müller to step down.
Text of the German-speaking group's proposal for a possible way for Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics at the Synod of Bishops.
Synod, Day 11: Synod prelates have entered into discussions about how the church should treat persons who divorce and remarry without first obtaining annulments.
NCR Today: The new discussion procedure at the ongoing Synod of Bishops was a "huge step forward," according to Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, moderator of the German language group.
German bishops welcome the fact that Pope Francis has simplified annulment procedures, but it shouldn't be seen as a step in anticipation of the coming synod, said Cardinal Reinhard Marx.
Just Catholic: Whatever will we do about the folks who fall down in a dead faint whenever you say "woman" and "ordination" in the same sentence?