John Paul II has cleared the final hurdle before being canonized a saint, according to multiple sources. Canonization is the fourth and final step in the Church’s recognition of the sainthood of an individual. It occurs after the Vatican confirms that a miracle has occurred through the intercession of the person under consideration. Ordinarily, this involves a miraculous cure reported by someone who prayed for the intercession of the deceased. The approval (or verification) of this second miracle appears to be what has happened today.
What to expect: If the rumors that the second miracle has been approved are true, the Vatican will formally announce it, and set a date for canonization, at which Pope Francis will proclaim the sainthood of John Paul II.
Despite the formal processes that lead up to the announcement of sainthood, saints are not “made” or “pronounced” by the Church, but rather are recognized by the Church as being assuredly in heaven. Canonization is this official recognition.
If this report is true, this would be the fastest procession in modern times through the required steps (and therefore the quickest canonization) after the death of the proposed saint. It is also sure to meet with criticism from those who say that John Paul II did not do enough to stem the tide of child sex abuse in the Church.
What do you think? Has enough time passed? Is it appropriate to canonize John Paul II? If canonized, would you ever consider him to be a patron saint of yours?