[quote=MariaG]The church removed the prohibition not because so many were doing it, but because the heresy involved with cremation was no longer widespread. Cremation was used as a direct denial of the resurrection of the body.
Today, as long as the intent is not to deny Catholic teachings, deny that a cremated body cannot be resurrected, there is no reason not to be cremated. I would imagine if he were cremated, he had to have made the decision himself. Don’t know though. I also do not know why he chose to be cremated. Maybe to visibly show the churches rule change. Norm or not, it is licit.
And cremation rules and practices are just that practices, not dogma. Therefore, change can happen.
Just to make sure, I did a search on Ask the apologist. This is what I found.
Yes, yes, yes
I know the ancient pagan practice of cremation is now “licit.”
My question is why did a Pope feel the need to have his body burned up?
If the decision was not his, but made on his behalf, then why?
I am looking for a specific historical answer relating to JPI in 1978…not excuses as to why we can now get burned up instead of buried.
Thanks for you insights however.