Corporal Work of Mercy: Archdiocese of Chicago to pay for burials of up to 300, currently stacked up in Cook County Morgue.

The offer from Catholic Cemeteries would bear no cost to the county. It would include up to 300 burials to be conducted like any other ordinary, paid burial, the sheriff’s office said. The number of bodies requiring burials will dictate the locations, but some of the including locations include Mt. Olivet Cemetery and other local Catholic cemeteries.

For at least a month now, staff at the morgue have complained that the corpse cooler at the West Side facility is beyond the 300-body capacity, the Sun-Times reported last month.


The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy

The seven practices of charity toward our neighbor,
based on Jesus Christ’s biblical prophecy of the Last Judgment,
that will help to determine each person’s final destiny:

To feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To clothe the naked
To shelter the homeless
To visit the sick
To visit the imprisoned
To bury the dead

Catholic Cemeteries head to temporarily oversee Burr Oak operations: judge

Day-to-day operation of the Burr Oak Cemetery has been wrested from the owners and turned over to the head of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Cemeteries.

During a Wednesday hearing, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Stuart Palmer OKd the appointment of Roman Szabelski, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries, to temporarily oversee the Alsip cemetery which is now a crime scene.

The move comes a week after four Burr Oak employees were arrested and accused of pocketing $300,000 by digging up old bodies, dumping them in a mass grave in the cemetery and reselling the old plots off the books.

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