Vatican acts to rein in the high cost of sainthood

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Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, announced the change during a meeting Monday of postulators, the officials who shepherd sainthood cases through the lengthy investigations of would-be saints’ lives and miracles.

He said postulators must now abide by a “reference price” to curb overall expenditure and make the process more equitable for less well-funded cases.

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Editor’s note: They could save a lot of money by simply canceling the process for Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II.

Beginning of the End – April 27, 2014?

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Vatican City (AFP) – The Vatican on Monday said late popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals.

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Editor’s note: Everybody likes a good party! When highly placed churchmen get caught up … not in the Spirit of Vatican II – or in the Divine, Holy Spirit – but in the Spirit of the World … anything can happen … and often does. Watch and pray!

JPII Canonization: Love the saintly pope – hate the saintly pope’s sins?

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There are many reasons why Pope John Paul II was so loved by the modern world. The core reason, in my opinion, is because of a central aspect of his New Evangelization — a new approach that cut him loose from the one hard truth that made all pre-Vatican II popes unpopular. Unburdened by this fundamental truth, he could easily mix with men of all religions, and of no religion, with little fear of invoking their displeasure.

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On the day of Pope John Paul II’s death, I received a phone call from a young lady in New Zealand, a friend of the family. She presently works in a situation where she interacts with Muslims and Hindus. When she tells these non-Catholics, with gentleness and charity, they must convert to the one true Catholic Church to save their souls, the Muslims and Hindus laugh at her. “Your Pope doesn’t believe that”, they cackle, referring to John Paul II, “Your Pope doesn’t teach that. Your Pope’s interfaith actions don’t convey that. Your Pope prays with the Dalai Lama and with Hindus. Your Pope visits mosques and kisses the Koran. You are out-of-step with your own Pope. Why should we listen to you?”

Two Catholic young men of my acquaintance, debating with a Protestant Minister, were likewise laughed to scorn when they in-formed the Protestant he must become Catholic to be saved. “What?”, said the Protestant, “You obviously don’t read the writings of your own Pope. He prays with Protestants. He praises Martin Luther as a man of ‘deep religiousness’. He calls Protestants ‘disciples of Christ’. He never says it is necessary to become Catholic for salvation.”

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Church politics and Pope John XXIII: Sainthood to be declared by “waiver”.

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Interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Mother Teresa

Here’s a quick Blessed Mother Teresa primer, emphasizing the stuff that you probably don’t know, some of which we only learned recently.

1. She was born a rich girl.

Born in 1910, Mother Teresa came from money at least by the standards of her native Skopje, Macedonia. Her parents were so well-off that there was a local saying “as generous as the Bojaxhius.” (Her last name was Bojaxhiu; her given first name was Agnes.)

Agnes was cultured and well-educated: She wrote poetry and played the mandolin. Her family took in orphans and she tagged along as her mother went out to tend to the destitute. All of this challenges the notion of pre-saints as nasty, or no better than average, until God flicks a switch (think Paul, pre-Damascus).

In Agnes’ case, if God flicked a switch, he had clearly laid the circuitry carefully beforehand.

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Inspiring, modern saint story: “Not only do I get a miracle and get to be saved, now I get to meet the pope.”

Glisson was expected to die or be severely disabled due to brain injuries suffered March 15, 2002, in a roller-blading accident on Baltimore Pike in Springfield.

“I didn’t expect him to survive,” said Dr. Richard Buonocore of Newtown Square, the neurosurgeon who, with a trauma team at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, operated on the 21-year-old twice within 12 hours of his accident.

While his parents, Donna and William Glisson Sr., kept a bedside vigil in Crozer’s intensive care unit where he was on a respirator, a family friend, Noreen Yoder of Thornbury, took his cause to a higher power. Now director of the Widener University Child Development Center in Chester, Yoder was a former staff member at Don Guanella, so she informed the community there about the comatose young man’s need for a miracle.

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L’Osservatore Romano to nominate Steve Jobs for sainthood?

L’Osservatore Romano has acknowledged the enormous influence of Steve Jobs, the legendary founder of Apple Computer, who died on October 5 at the age of 56.

Jobs was not simply a computer technician or entrepreneur, but “a visionary that united technology and art,” the Vatican newspaper said. While history will assess the ultimate value of his contributions, L’Osservatore said, he was undoubtedly a major figure in “a revolution of culture, mentality, and customs.”

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Seen on the web: JPII beatification validating the catastrophe of Vatican II

A new CEO takes over the world’s largest corporate body. He declares he will continue the work of his predecessor once removed. A work that saw a widespread decline in prophets. He treats his oath of office as belonging to another time not his. His words and actions over 25 years effectively deny a cardinal tenet of his mission statement. They foster indifference to the company product.

During his stewardship his sales force declines precipitously. Trainees for replacements are down 90 percent. Plants are closed.

Two-thirds of former clients no longer use the product. Those who do are divided between those who don’t see or are resigned to accepting a watered down product (indistinguishable from competitors) and those who want to water it down further.

On passing, some declare him “saint” while others add “the Great” to his name. The world loves him whereas the founder of the company said “as they have hated me they will hate you.”

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Conservative theologian: Fast-tracking JPII’s canonization would be wrong.


Let’s begin with one of the more horrendous events that occurred in his pontificate – the homosexual/pedophile scandal. This may well be the worst scandal in the Church’s entire 2000 year history and one that spread without restraint for the entire 26 years of his reign.

As late as 2010 new revelations of clerical sexual abuse were uncovered in many European countries. The fact that it all happened under John Paul II’s watch should be enough to derail any attempt at putting him on the fast-track toward canonization.

The sadder fact is there exists circumstantial evidence that he is personally culpable, either in allowing his bishops to shuffle incriminated priests from diocese to diocese or in the whisking away of these same bishops to the Vatican for safe haven (e.g., Cardinal Bernard Law who was given sanctuary at the Vatican before he could be prosecuted by the civil authorities in Boston).

By and large, John Paul II seems to have turned a blind eye to the heinous sins occurring against little Catholic boys. The recent case of Fr. Marciel Maciel Degollado, patron of the Legionaires, speaks for itself. Maciel was a personal friend of the Holy Father, but had been molesting little boys for decades as well as fathering children from several different women. He lived high on the hog, raking in millions from Catholic men and women who fell victim to his brainwashing techniques, all of whom were required to take a vow not to criticize him.

When news of Maciel’s sordid life was revealed to John Paul II he simply denied it was true and refused to initiate any investigation.

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Miraculous Healing of Non-Catholic Man Leads To Sainthood of Mother Theodore Guerin

Phil McCord was director of facilities management at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Convent when he received a miraculous cure. Troubled by the prospect of undergoing surgery for a cornea transplant, McCord had stopped in the chapel at the school one day and offered a short prayer asking Mother Theodore and God for the strength to go through with the surgery.

After the prayer, he felt a sense of peace, and the next day, he noticed his eye had improved. Eventually, doctors determined that McCord’s eye had completely healed and there was no need for the surgery.

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen returns to silver screen in new documentary

Denver, Colo., Jul 24, 2010 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A documentary on the life of Archbishop Fulton Sheen is being shown in pre-release screenings across the country, as part of an effort to raise awareness of the late archbishop, whose cause for sainthood is currently underway.

The hour-long documentary, entitled, “Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen: Servant of All,” offers both entertainment and a powerful message of evangelization as it follows the life of the famous archbishop (1895-1979). The video includes the testimonies of dozens of individuals who were touched by the life of the archbishop. It also shows footage from his popular television program, “Life is Worth Living.”

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Pope Pius XII: Ready for Sainthood?

With what army he was supposed to have overthrown Hitler and shut down the concentration camps, his critics have yet to say. What seems likely is that the sort of belligerence that many seem to insist that Pius should have directed towards Hitler would have only had the effect of hastening the mass murders of Jews and Christians (who were also frequently imprisoned in the concentration camps). It is also safe to say that until the mid-1960’s, no one expected Pius to have single-handedly put a stop to the Holocaust, and that many acknowledged that which he did do to shelter Jews from Nazi persecution.

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Strange times in Wichita: Tiller nominated for sainthood

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Tiller’s life’s work

I never met Dr. Tiller but I think of him as a Saint. He stood firm in his dedication to helping others in their most difficult times. I know that God holds him in high regard and he is sitting at the throne right now. May other physicians have to courage to rise to his level and fill the gap now to assist families and women who have no where else to turn. 
R Becker,
Wichita, Kansas

Should Pope John Paul II be made a saint?

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Q: Should Pope John Paul II be made a saint?

The church wants to speed up the cannonization – is this wise considering all the pedophilia cases that were covered up/ enabled by the church during his reign? Or is the coverup/enabling something that should be overlooked?

A: If the requirement for sainthood was physical perfection, the answer would be no.

But that is not the case.

Many of the greatest saints were clearly less than perfect, at some point in their life … some for MOST of their life.

Based on the remarkable life and accomplishments of the man, and the way he charitably applied his obvious spiritual and charismatic gifts for the benefit of the whole world, I would have to say … YES!

The act of forgiving his assassin is unparalleled in the annals of modern world history.

That alone should qualify him, in my opinion.

Oprah Nominated For Sainthood – New Age … that is!

Oprah Nominated For Sainthood – New Age … that is! 

Things are getting stranger and stranger at the various Oprah dominated media outlets.

There’s no doubt that Oprah has a decided preference for “trendy” new age types that specialize in packaging custom tailored belief systems that are designed to appeal to today’s “Give me what I want … and give it to me now!” generation.

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