St. John Paul II?

john paul iiJohn 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?

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3 Replies to “St. John Paul II?”

  1. Could you please site the documents that demonstrate the differences in sainthood between the Catholic Church and reformed churches? It is my understanding that reformers bestow the title of saint to any professed followers of Christ.

    • You’re exactly right, Garvin. “Saint” as a term, and “sainthood” as a concept are not entirely unique to Roman Catholicism. Commenting on the concept of saints from other religions or other denominations of Christianity are outside of the scope of our knowledge, and we aren’t aware of any comprehensive set of documents that discusses the differences. Of course, the Roman Catholic concept of sainthood is carefully spelled out by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the processes of which are nicely outlined on Wikipedia here. You may also find differences in the concept of sainthood in different religions and Christian denominations here. Hope this helps!