Why should not the pope who streamlined the process benefit from it?
It is unquestionable that Pope John Paul II was loved throughout the world by literally millions of Catholics.
Pope John Paul II, who led the Catholic Church for more than a quarter century, also did more traveling throughout the world to reach out to Catholics, and non-Catholics alike, than any other pope in history.
It is necessary that a miracle be confirmed by the Church for beatification to move forward. A second miracle is needed for canonization. Confirmation of the first miracle is reported here:
See Matthew 16:18-19 and Matthew 18:18. No time restrictions are applied there.
7) Pope John Paul II demonstrated saintly forgiveness in the face of his attempted assassin.
8) It is not without precedence for a papal successor to raise his predecessor for beatification and sainthood.
(Though the last time this happened was over 10 centuries ago).
For the very reason that Pope John Paul II initiated this expedited process, extra care should be taken to avoid any reason to question the process - especially for his own beatification/canonization.Addendum: This is valid argumentation - and we must keep in mind, he has not been canonized yet.
I've heard speculation that this was not a Koran, but an Arabic Catholic missal - I've had no confirmation of this.Addendum: This speculation is valid - and the size of the book is the size of an altar missal, so it could indeed be just that.
|Statue of Buddha (close up)|
|Altar in Assisi with statue of Buddha on it and Buddhists praying before it.|
Addendum: The fact is, this was NOT the main altar at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and not even the same building. This was a side-building not typically used for any Catholic worship.
4) It is asserted that Pope John Paul II taught universalism (a heresy) in at least the following documents:
John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis (# 13), March 4, 1979:
“We are dealing with each man, for each one is included in the mystery of the Redemption and with each one Christ has united Himself forever through this mystery.”
John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio (# 4), Dec. 7, 1990:
“The Redemption event brings salvation to all, ‘for each one is included in the mystery of the Redemption and with each one Christ has united himself forever through this mystery.’”
John Paul II, Centesimus Annus (# 53) May 1, 1991:
“We are not dealing here with man in the ‘abstract,’ but with the real, ‘concrete,’ ‘historical’ man. We are dealing with each individual, since each one is included in the mystery of the Redemption and through this mystery Christ has united himself with each one forever.”
John Paul II, Homily, June 6, 1985:
"The Eucharist is the sacrament of the convenant of the Body and Blood of Christ, of the convenant which is eternal. This is the covenant which embraces all. This Blood reaches all and saves all."
Published in: L' Osservatore Romano, July 1, 1985, p. 3
Are these teachings in universalism? Would, or should, such teachings derail the canonization process?Addendum: cathmom5 is working on a response to this section, and I appreciate the time she's put into it thus far, especially in light of her other commitments at this time. Her response will be an article/response and will be linked here.
Those of you who have answers to these - please share! If you have more and/or better reasons on the "pro" side, please share!
Thank you in advance,