St. John Paul?

Here is a fascinating account of the attempt to canonize the late Pope John Paul II, that is, to declare him a saint: Charting a Path to Sainthood. Catholic scholars are looking for a medical miracle caused by praying to him–and have apparently found at least one–but must work through the counter-arguments by the devil’s advocates, which amount to mainly that he was too conservative. But the process shows that the old Catholicism challenged by the Reformation still remains.

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About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Kyralessa

    Can you elaborate? By “the old Catholicism”, do you mean recognizing saints at all, or having strict criteria for them, or what? Canonizing saints isn’t unique to Roman Catholicism.

  • Kyralessa

    Can you elaborate? By “the old Catholicism”, do you mean recognizing saints at all, or having strict criteria for them, or what? Canonizing saints isn’t unique to Roman Catholicism.


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