“Blessed” John Paul? Not yet. But patience…

JP2 leaning on staff.jpgOn this, the fourth anniverary of the death of Pope John Paul II, a time that brought millions into the streets of Rome chanting “Santo subito!“, the beatification process is moving, but not as quickly as some might hope.

Benedict prayed at John Paul’s simple tomb today, and yesterday (Wednesday) told Polish pilgrims he was praying for his predecessor’s beatification. ”May the spiritual legacy of your great compatriot inspire your personal, family, social and national life. Together with you I pray for the gift of beatification’.’


Just a month after John Paul’s death, Benedict suspended the usual five-year waiting period to allow the process to begin. And the required miracle has been identified for examination, involving the reported cure of a French nun with Parkinson’s disease.

Beatification is the penultimate step to be being officially declared a saint, which is canonization. And of course everyone in ehaven, as John Paul would surely be, is a saint. But the Vatican rightly wants to take its time; in fact, the greater the emotional outpouring, the more they want to move slowly.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was the late pope’s longtime secretary and confidante, told Polish TV that “there is always hope” that John Paul will be made a saint before the fifth anniversary of his death. But he said the process must go though all necessary stages “so there can be no doubt.”


Also, the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints, Archbishop Angelo Amato, a confidante of Benedict, told Vatican Radio that the process must actually be more rigorous and thorough for a pope like John Paul since he was so well-known.

“Promptness doesn’t mean speed or superficiality; on the contrary this requires care and professionalism,” Amato said.

On the other hand, I like the old days, when sainthood was the result of local–or in this case, the global village–devotion that was only later recognized by Rome. That is in a sense what is happening today, though ever so slowly.


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posted April 2, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Speed is not the issue here. I would love to see the published material on all the principals on this matter. John Paul II had an enormous fight within his own Hierarchy that dwarfs the cultural battles now tearing at America. He did an enormous service in his ability as Pope.

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Gerard Nadal

posted April 2, 2009 at 9:38 pm

John Paul II may well be the greatest Pope since Peter. Certainly the most prolific writer. I would love to see his canonization, but I d believe that his degree of political involvement in geopolitics ought to be thoroughly vetted for the sake of integrity in the canonization process. With many of the principles still alive, it would not be surprising if the process took at least twenty years. But, the process is a formality. I have no doubts about where JPII is today, or about his intercession for us.

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Little Bear

posted April 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I would like to see Pope John XXIII declared a Saint first. Talk about someone who had to battle an oppressive Curia! I think that folks might like to see the video “John XXIII” (staring Ed Asner as
the Pope (other great actors show him growing up, as a young priest, and as a papal diplomat to Bulgaria). At any rate the video was made in honor of John calling Vatican II (50 years).

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posted April 5, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Let the poor man rest in peace. While he served for a long time as Pope he did many disservices to the Church and the world. His great support for the “saintly” Marciel and his Legion and the type of Bishops he appointed who looked to win favor from Rome instead of caring for their people and removing pedophile priests are an indelible stain upon this man. He did everything he could to stamp out the collegiality that Vatican II called for. Any move toward beatification would be seen as a farce by millions of Catholics.

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posted April 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Not being Catholic (Obviously by my name) I don’t know the inner workings of the Vatican. However, when I talked to my Catholic friends while John Paul was alive, and asked them if they thought he was bringing the church forward or backward…most said backward. Also when he was Pope, the molesting priests scandal started and I didn’t notice that he did much to help bring the priests to some kind of justice….
What I saw of John Paul’s personality on TV, never in person, I think he actually had a more pleasant one than Benny has. Benny has no personality…he seems hard and cold on TV. Just my observation.
As to hurrying to make him a saint? Why?

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posted October 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

Good morning,

I am interested in the picture you have posted of Blessed John Paul. Can you tell me who the photographer is or who hold the copyright on the picture? If I can arrange the proper authorizations I will be painting a mural size copy of the our Beloved John Paul.
Best regards.

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