New York bishops oppose ‘chemical digestion’ bill
The New York State Catholic Conference has announced its opposition to a bill that would legalize alkaline hydrolysis, the chemical digestion of a corpse in a heated mixture of water and lye.
“The Church’s reverence for the sacredness of the human body and its dignity arises out of concern for both the body’s natural and supernatural properties,” the conference said in a statement. “It is therefore essential that the body of a deceased person be treated with respect and reverence. Processes involving chemical digestion of human remains do not sufficiently respect this dignity.”