Thursday, June 30, 2005

Canonization and the Will of the People

In response to a number of comments, mostly about whether John Paul will be declared as saint. I would suggest that not a few have not read a lot of church history or even understand the modern way saints are made...when it comes to holiness--what the mass of people think about the person has a lot to do (it is even the first indication) with whether God is manifesting his will that the person was a saint. Most saints in the Roman Calendar were made by popular acclamation.

Whereas in life a person may enjoy great popularity and even death some's passing may be mourned for decades...when a saint dies it seems that their popularity increases, people begin instinctively asking their intercession, some who didn't even like the person in their lifetime are converted by them in saint's new life.

Saints like St. Therese weren't even known in their lifetime but became so popular shortly after their death that they were canonized quickly by the Church.

1 comment:

  1. JMJ

    First of all, if God so chooses to show us his will that we glorify John Paul II, that's his business. He may very well have been a holy man. If the Church canonizes him after discerning the miracles attributed to his intercession, then God has spoken on the matter. But if that happens, I would willingly profess ONLY that he is in Heaven. His pontificate was a disaster to the Faith. Read this:
    http://www.fatimaperspectives.com/latest/perspective482.asp
    Non-Catholics are keeping the Faith better than Catholics in Texas. Under his pontificate, sodomite priests went free and whistleblower priests were persecuted. Who appointed all these bad bishops? Who appointed Cardinal Kasper as head of religious unity? Who signed off on the Balamand agreement with the Russian Orthodox, which in paragraph 30 under the CATHOLIC portion of it said that to seek conversion is "OUTDATED ECCLESIOLOGY". But what of the infallible definition of Council of Florence that we must seek the conversion of non-Catholics?

    Assisi alone, where the Pope invited non-Christians to invoke their false gods is a stronger case against canonization than anything Savonarola ever did.

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