Ok…for those of you who saw the title and clicked on it just out of pure rage…settle down and take a moment to hear what I have to say.
I would never aim to “bash” this man. Organized religion plays an important part in the lives of millions on this planet, and transforms many lives into a truly positive existence. We do, at times, have to question some of what comes out of any organization whether it be of religion, politics, business, or even more specifically, the Vatican. However, this is not the time nor the place for that.
I believe that the process that one goes through to become a Saint as outlined by the Vatican is one of great tradition. Traditional practices, however, do not always reflect a true vision.
I come from the belief that Pope John Paul II was a Saint long before he stepped into the title of Pope. I do not believe one has to go through a series of Vatican approved and documented miracles for the world to know that he has long been a saint. Yes…like I said, I understand tradition…and for all of those who need this particular tradition, I have absolutely no problem with that. What I hold issue with, is the fact that the Vatican must document specific miracles at specific times in order to justify that Pope John Paul II be deemed a Saint in the eyes of the Catholic Church.
Pope John Paul II was the most pure to hold this office since “Good Pope John” (Pope John XXIII 1958 to 1963). Yes, that is my opinion and I am entitled to it. I believe that most people on this planet, however, will agree with me that you would drive yourself crazy looking back through the annuls of time to find a Pope that actively created positive world change to the extent that Pope John Paul II did. Coincidentally, Pope John XXIII was the last Pope to receive this honor from none other than Pope John Paul II. Before him, you had to go back to Pope Pius X who served that post from 1903 to 1913, but did not receive the honor until 1954.
Through my eyes, I see this traditional process as only the necessary “paperwork” involved in categorizing one of the most wonderful human beings in history as exactly what he is…a Saint.
Prior to the Beautification ceremony on May 1st, 2011 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II will be exhumed from the crypts beneath St. Peter’s Basilica in order to be put on display (closed casket). The night before the beautification ceremony a prayer vigil will be held at the Circus Maximus, the first and largest Chariot Racing Stadium in ancient Rome now a public park. If you are looking to attend, keep in mind that there are no authorized ticket sales for this event. The Vatican has made it clear that this event is open to all who wish to attend.
—– Erik Sudberg