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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Saint John Paul II?

I have been having problems with Papa Razi- the Catholic church's new pope- for a while now, mainly because in my mind John Paul II is still the freakin Pope. I have grown up with him being Pope, he was the Pope all of my life, and the new one for some reason just doesn't cut it for me as an adequate replacement or successor. As far as i am concerned, Razi is the dude you get to play a soap opera character, when the original actor decides he had enough and quits. The replacment actor is nowhere as good as the original and he tries to do things to get himself accepted, which most of the time backfires. No offense to Catholics, but that's just the way i view him, and he is fullfilling this stereotype by trying to become popular by giving people what they want: D'Alonzo was apparently referring to the chants of "Santo Subito!" or "Sainthood Immediately!" that erupted during John Paul's April 8 funeral. The calls prompted the new pope, Benedict XVI, to waive the traditional five-year waiting period and allow John Paul's saint-making process to begin immediately. I am all for John Paul becoming a Saint, or at least, I have nothing against it. I am just slightly peeved that the Pope has the authority or ability to waive rules just like that. I figure, if you are gonna waive something or have the authority to do so, then waive the church's anti Birth control stance. It's not like the world needs more people. Ehh, whatever! I am slightly curious about this part though: If the Vatican then confirms a miracle has occurred after John Paul's death thanks to his intercession, he can be beatified. A second miracle is needed for him to be made a saint. Hmmm..... Oder said last week he had already received "interesting" reports of a possible miracle that warranted further investigation. LoL, a possible miracle. I love that. So they will look all over the world for possible miraculous events that happend since John Paul II's passing and use it as proof of his sainthood? How do they quantify a miracle? How do they know its linked to John Paul II? Does anybody know? Does it really matter? Dude, just make him a saint and get it over with already. Seriously!


At 6/28/2005 06:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Catholic Church actually has a process to determine whether someone can become a saint. Saints must be able to perform miracles, like healing, levitation, making statues cry, etc .. There need to be witnesses and the church has an array of scientists to do a rigorous analysis.

I do not think JP2 has anything miraculous attributed to him, although one can argue that helping to bring down communism in Poland was miraculous enough.

I think he will just get the beatification instead.


At 6/28/2005 10:28:00 AM, Blogger JohnL said...

I think the whole thing would make a great Broadway play -- "Sainthood NOW" -- a musical, of course. It would win an award for costumes at the very least.

At 6/28/2005 10:50:00 AM, Blogger JohnL said...

...and probably set design.

At 6/28/2005 11:57:00 AM, Blogger Rosebuds said...

I grew up a catholic and believe me they make new rules/interpretations whenever they want to suit their agenda...kind of like some Muslims interpeting the Koran to suit their agenda.

At 6/28/2005 03:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there was a newspaper article here in Canada about a miracle. Girl, deadly disease (heart? cancer? can't remember), huge Pope fan, met him, medical miracle, healed, doctors mystified etc.

bodhi in Toronto

At 6/29/2005 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sainthood is cheap.


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