From a reader…
A long time member at our parish committed suicide just the other week. He was heavily involved in the parish and loved by all. They had a funeral Mass said for him. Why are those souls who commit suicide now allowed to have funeral Masses and a Christian? This didn’t used to be permitted did it?
Canon 1184 is our guide here.
Funerals are to be denied to notorious apostates, heretics, and schismatics, those who choose cremation for anti-Christian motives, and those manifest grave sinners whose funerals would be a cause for scandal among the faithful.
If there is any doubt, the judgment of the local Ordinary is to be sought and followed.
The former prohibition of funerals for suicides is no longer in force.
Someone who kills himself would be, objectively, a manifest grave sinner. However, we also have to consider the person’s active subjectively. The Church recognizes that many people who commit suicide are in difficult psychological conditions, which might impact their freedom, and therefore their culpability. While the act of suicide itself is a grave sin, the person might not have been fully guilty of a mortal sin because he did not have full use of will.
No matter what his soul should, most certainly, be prayed for.
Moderation queue is ON.