May 13, 2005

Fast track to sainthood



ROME (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI announced May 13 that he was allowing the immediate opening of Pope John Paul II's cause for sainthood, setting aside the five-year waiting period called for by church law.

Pope Benedict made the announcement at the end of a speech to the priests of the Diocese of Rome gathered for a meeting and a dialogue with him at the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that this is an insult to thousands of canonized saints throughout the Church's history. Travesty.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Israel Poling said...

Impressesed.

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Arron Durrett said...

Happy New Year!

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, I can assure you that all those "thousands of canonized saints" are not only not insulted - but are leading the cheer up in heaven.

Also, you might want to check your facts for several other blesseds and saints who made it within just a couple of decades of their deaths, and be reminded that canonizations were by possibly acclamation before about AD 1000. That means the vast majority of saints achieved sainthood upon their deaths - that's much faster than John Paul II, who is richly deserving of joining their ranks.

11:26 PM  

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