[quote=Exporter]Today at the funeral of John Paul II a song was sung. It said," May the Angles and Myrtyrs lead John Paul II to the his reward".
He died about a week ago. I would think the soul would have left the body at the instant of death.
But they sang today as if his spirit was there at the coffin. Is there a teaching about this?
I once heard a very informed Catholic apologist say that he once baptized a still-born baby. The baby had aparently died only minutes before it was born. The person said he conditionally baptized the baby. Upon returning home, he said he looked through all of his theological manuels to find out if that was appropriate.
He said that the theological manuels all said that it is assumed that the soul stays with the body for up to an hour after aparent death.
It wouls seem to me that the soul would leave at the moment of death, but from what he said that is not necessarily what the Church teaches.