Canonization of Popes Focuses Attention on Decades of Change, Conflict, Record on Abuse / National Catholic Reporter

Wrapping Up Two Decades of Change, Conflict, Francis Saints Two Popes

“And just like that, 56 years of church history — from the unexpected calling of the Second Vatican Council through the sometimes tumultuous and radical response to its modernizing moves for Catholics around the world — were wrapped up in about six minutes.

“That’s how long it took Sunday (Apr. 27) for Pope Francis to formally declare his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints of the Catholic church, from the first prayers of the formal canonization rite to the formal decree.”

By Joshua McElwee, posted Apr. 27, 2014, National Catholic ReporterClick here to read the rest of this story.

Records Show That John Paul II Could Have Intervened in Abuse Crisis – But Didn’t

“Sitting on a bookshelf in my office is a red leather-bound copy of the Code of Canon Law. This isn’t just any copy of the church’s rulebook. It was signed by Pope John Paul II for me at the request of my former boss, the late Cardinal Pio Laghi. It is dated 6-6-1983 in the late pope’s own hand. I was definitely a fan in those days.

“On Sunday (Apr. 27) after John Paul is promoted to sainthood, it will become a second-class relic. I will not venerate it, nor will I join the cheering crowds.

“The past 30 years have led me to the opinion that his sainthood is a profound insult to the countless victims of sexual assault by Catholic clergy the world over. It is an insult to the decent, well-intentioned men and women who were persecuted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during his reign, and it is an insult to the memory of Pope John XXIII, who has the misfortune being a canonization classmate.”

By Thomas P. Doyle, posted Apr. 25, 2014, National Catholic ReporterClick here to read the rest of this column.

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  1. #1 by glorybe1929 on April 28, 2014 - 4:46 PM

    Here I go again! IMO I feel this extravagaza at the Vatican ….( the canonazation of 2 Popes)Is strictly to divert the attention of the Faithful catholics( a big distraction from those who were finally now getting to realize what’s really been going on behind closed doors) .Meaning…..from the poor who have been tortured by the clerical sexual abuse. by priests,nuns and.brothers. It is.. a perfect example of where the hearts and minds of the Hierarchy lie. Although I feel their hearts have turned to stone when it comes to looking at their own sins, especially, those of their beloved saints. JP. and Benedict KNEW and they ignored it all. I don’t know if the 23 rd knew. But , now we have people praising the RCC. without getting to the real beloveds “our children” whose lives have no meaning any more and no God,that they think has abandoned them. This is NOT THE CHURCH, that Jesus spoke of……Thank you for listening to one who has finally had the veil lifted.

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