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The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 16, Issue 2, Summer 2016

Kent J. Lasnoski
Pages 233-242

Are Cremation and Alkaline Hydrolysis Morally Distinct?

This article morally assesses alkaline hydrolysis as a means of final bodily disposition. Arguing from the Catholic social and theological principles of human dignity, the doctrine of bodily resurrection, subsidiarity, and the common good, the author shows that, while alkaline hydrolysis has some advantages over burial and cremation (incineration), Catholic conferences should be encouraged to resist its legalization, provided they focus renewed energy on teaching the faithful about the significance of Christ’s victory, by the Resurrection, over the corruption of bodily death.