On April 2nd Pope Benedict XVI presided over a memorial Mass at the Vatican marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. Benedict prayed for “the gift of beatification”, a process he has already put on a fast track. Surprisingly, the “investigation” is going amazingly well so far. Over 200 miracle healings are being documented, and a 2,000-page “posito” has been prepared to make the case for beatification.
The process more resembles the fixed-result, Bishop funded, voluntary self-surveys of U.S. dioceses than the Philadelphia Grand Jury Investigation. To insure smooth sailing, they have even eliminated the process where an individual named the "devil's advocate" argues against beatification.
It’s their church and welcome to do what they want, but
1. Theology - Even as a kid, the sainthood process seemed way to human to be divine. People make a determination of what God’s judgement is of someone’s soul. It just seems rude to me. Especially rude is when those saints are venerated and prayed to, even though it is only for intercession.
2. The Person - The late Pope was clearly a highly educated man beloved by his flock. His legacy will never be defined by one issue, nor should the most important be ignored. How many pages of the “posito” deal with the sexual abuse of children by priests?
I know tens of thousands of priest rape victims from around the world would offer to be "devil's advocate" and ask these two questions,
What is the most important thing JPII did to stop the negligent supervision of abusive priests by his highest level employees?
Name one thing he did to show care, concern, and compassion for the tens of thousands who were raped by his employees, and betrayed by his hierarchy?
Is it just me, or do you have the feeling that when the Vatican is done, findings will show that no one on the planet saved more kids from sexual abuse than JPII.
Here is a quote from Benedict’s sermon that day. Is this a shot at President Obama?
"In times such as these, given the cultural and social context in which we live, there is a risk of reducing Christian hope to an ideology, to group slogans, to exterior cladding. Nothing could be more opposite to Jesus' message! He does not want His disciples 'to recite' a role, even a role of hope. He wants them 'to be' hope, and they can be so only if they remain united to Him."