Stephen Hough of The Telegraph recently wrote in his column;
“By rushing through the beatification of Pope John Paul II, his predecessor and friend, he [Pope Benedict XVI] has made clear how fanciful and arbitrary the whole idea and process of ‘making saints’ is, and has allowed space (in the future) for a reassessment of infallibility itself as a dogma.”
I disagree with Hough’s notion that the Dogma of Infallibility could be reassessed, but he does bring up an excellent point in regards to the mad dash for the Canonization of Saints that began with Blessed John Paul II.
There are an estimated 10,000 Saints and Beati from both the Roman Martyology and Orthodox sources. Of that number, John Paul beatified 1,340 and canonized 483 Saints.
In the 2,000 year history of Catholicism, almost 1/5th of the Saints and those one step away happened under the 25 years of John Paul II. You’ve GOT to be kidding me.
Who Exactly Was “The Great”…
How in the world does Pope John Paul rate to be referred to as The Great? Only two popes in the history of Catholicism have The Great affixed to their titles. And may God have mercy on his soul, but Pope John Paul did nothing compared to Popes Leo and Gregory The Great. Even Pope St. Pius V, who saved The Church from the double threat of Protestantism and islam hasn’t been deemed The Great.
Yes, yes… everyone loved the former Holy Father. But as what? A strong Vicar of Christ… a guiding figure of moral absolutes in an uncertain world… a cuddly, if not somewhat confused but still very cuddly grandfather figure?
I say we pull in the reigns on this idiotic “Insta-Saint, Just Add Holy Water” fad. Are we talking Holy Canonization, or some type of ecclesiastical popularity contest?
It took forty years to finally canonize the most recent pope to achieve Sainthood, Pope St. Pius X. Sorry, John Paul the Deuce ain’t no Pope St. Pius X.
The Signs Are Everywhere…
But I digress, I’m dead set against this break-neck speed race for JP II’s canonization. For many reasons, actually.
- What great happened under his pontificate? Other than empty seminaries, empty convents, empty pews, sodomite-rapist “priests”, rapist protecting bishops, a Lavender Mafia, Catholic schools closing by the truckload, a majority of Catholics that don’t even believe in The Real Presence, etc, etc… gee, I can’t think of anything great that happened under his watch.
- John Paul II did produce some utterly brilliant writings. Unfortunately, he was promptly ignored. And to make matters worse, he did absolutely nothing about it. What good is a shepherd who is unwilling (or afraid) to use his crozier?
- Lastly, this mad dash to Sainthood simply cheapens the entire notion of canonized Saints. Hence, it cheapens Catholicism.