Pope John Paul II Cleared for Sainthood

The decree follows the confirmation of a second miracle last month

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Just eight years after his death at the age of 84, Pope John Paul II will be made a saint in a canonization ceremony later this year. The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis had signed the decree clearing the way for the 264th pope to be declared a saint, CNN reports.

As TIME noted last month, the Catholic Church appeared to be on track to canonize the late pope faster than anyone else in recent history. The Polish-born pontiff led the church for 27 years following his election in 1978, when he became the first non-Italian pope in 450 years. He also became known for his avid globetrotting and amassing a global fan base.

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In June Pope Francis approved a second miracle attributed to John Paul: curing a Costa Rican woman who prayed for his help on the day of his beatification. She reportedly recovered from a severe brain injury following the Pope’s intervention. His first miracle — cured a French nun of Parkinson’s Disease — was confirmed in 2010.

The Vatican also announced that Pope John XXIII — who led the church from 1958 to 1963 and opened the Vatican II reforms that modernized the Catholic Church in the 1960s — would become a saint as well, even though he has only one confirmed miracle. Two confirmed miracles are usually required before one can be declared a saint, Reuters reports, but Pope Francis made an exception for John XXIII.

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4 comments
NeilAllen
NeilAllen

Here’s Pope John Paul II’s 2nd miracle – he made a billion people think that organized child rape, in God’s name, was ok with God. #catholic

Pandeism
Pandeism

It is tragic and unfair that the Vatican fails to account for Pandeism in accrediting miracles to Popes and martyrs for Sainthood.  Pandeism is a branch of the theological theory of Deism which reconciles to it elements of Pantheism, holding that a reasoned examination of our Universe will reveal that it is most probable that ours is a created Universe, and that our Creator created by actually becoming our Universe, most likely so that it could share in the existence of the life which this Universe is designed to eventually generate.


Pandeism does not contravene anything known to science, as it holds that scientific discovery simply reveals the mechanisms of our Creator (be they the Big Bang, gravity, evolution, quantum spookiness, etc.). More importantly, Pandeism fully accounts for ALL purported miracles, revelations, prophecies, scriptures, etc., as the predictable (though demonstrably nonuniversal) experiences of humans touching that part of the underlying ultimate which is within themselves, and simply miscomprehending it as something external acting upon them. Some religions have potentially pandeistic elements; for example, it is consistent with the revelation of Vishnu in the Bhagavad Gita.

And so Pandeism is a supercessory theological theory, as it accounts for all that is claimed in both science and religion with the fewest number of assumptions -- assuming only that ours is a created Universe; and that it's Creator had the power, intelligence, and motivation to create our Universe by becoming our Universe.

ancientWisdom3
ancientWisdom3

If any pope in modern times deserves sainthood, it's John XXIII.  As a priest in Turkey during WWII he sent baptismal certificate forms to priests all over eastern Europe so they could be filled in with the names of Jews threatened by he holocaust. As pope he convened Vatican II, bringing some much-needed reform into the Church, which rankled and still rankles the conservatives.

aspenplace
aspenplace

Really? How many pedophiles in the priesthood does it take to qualify for sainthood? It is bad enough that religious leaders are put on pedestals and regarded as somehow wiser or smarter than other mortals, but to claim some supernatural aura for them - such as "sainthood" - is ridiculous.