John Paul II Will Be a Saint
All that's left is the ceremony
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2013 10:24 AM CDT
In this Oct. 22, 1978 file photo Pope John Paul II blesses the faithful in St. Peter's Square from a Vatican City balcony right after he was named Pontiff.   ((AP Photo ))

(Newser) – Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis and a date for the ceremony that could come as soon as Dec. 8, a Vatican official and news reports said today. The ANSA news agency reported that a commission of cardinals and bishops met today to consider John Paul's case and signed off on it. A Vatican official confirmed that the decision had been taken some time back and that today's meeting was essentially a formality.

One possible canonization date is Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. John Paul could be canonized together with Pope John XXIII, who called the Second Vatican Council but died in 1963 before it was finished, the official said. There is reasoned precedent for beatifying or canonizing two popes together, primarily to balance one another out. Such was the case in 2000, when John Paul beatified John XXIII, dubbed the "good pope," alongside Pope Pius IX, who confined Jews to Rome's ghetto, condoned the seizure of a Jewish boy, and allegedly referred to Jews as dogs.

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9SEABEE
Jul 3, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
So actually all you have to do to become a saint is shield pedophiles. A saint would've done everything in their power to erase these scum-sucking chicken hawks from the church. You don't delegate a problem like this to subordinates. Rehabilitation is not an option. Castration seems like a good option. But whatever the punishment, they should be thrown out of the church, along with any clergy who shield them.
ShoeMart
Jul 3, 2013 12:19 AM CDT
Guess what, you naysaying humps? We don't want you, either. I will, however, sympathize with you when your face is covered in rotting, burning, flies; because Jesus says I should. And only because Jesus says I should.
Twiny
Jul 2, 2013 8:08 PM CDT
"Should a pope who turned his back on the worst crisis in modern Catholic history be exalted as a saint? Lawsuits by victims, numerous prosecutions and news coverage of bishops who enabled abuse are the shadow story of John Paul’s twenty-six-year pontificate, during which time he responded to continuing allegations of clergy abuse with denial and inertia. American dioceses and religious orders alone have spent nearly $2 billion on legal actions and treatment of sex offenders, an aching scandal at incalculable cost to the church’s stature." Source: http://www.thenation.com/article/160242/shame-john-paul-ii-how-sex-abuse-scandal-stained-his-papacy Oh yes, by all means, let's make this scumbag a Saint. Have all you Catholics lost your fukking minds?