According to Vatican Radio:
Pope Francis on Monday morning held the Public Ordinary Consistory for the forthcoming Canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. During the course of the Consistory in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, the Pope decreed that his two predecessors will be raised to Sainthood on April 27, 2014, the day on which the Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy.
There’s a part of me that wants to believe that these canonizations will not happen; that the Lord will allow neither His little ones to be so led astray, nor Himself to be so “bound in heaven.” On the other hand, when one considers the degree to which He has already allowed the mortals who steer the Barque of St. Peter to drift off course, I suppose anything is possible.
“O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before thou wilt judge and avenge those who dwell upon the earth?”
Well said. The prospect of these canonizations leaves me mystified. I do pray that they are in heaven of course, but canonization, has other aspects that I think are utterly neglected in this rush to canonize Vatican 2.
Thank you Louie, I am very glad someone, far more prominent than I is saying this. While some rail against the issues within Holy Mother Church, this IS the 3rd rail that no one is willing to touch other than us fringies.
To be honest, I don’t know that much about John XXIII, Good Pope John, but I do about JPII. He was the only Pope I knew until his death, may God have mercy on his soul. Everytime I bring this up amongst faithful Catholics they pillory me over this, as though by opposing his canonization I am condemning his immortal soul to hell, which of course I am doing nothing of the sort. I hope he is in the beatific vision right this very moment, that he repented on his death bed for the grave scandal he caused Holy Mother Church.
It would seem to me that for someone whom caused so much scandal that there should have been a public repentance, some sign of regret for these great and public sins before one could be raised to the level of a canonized saint, to be held up as a heroic example of how to live the One, True Faith. Am I living that faith by honoring the heretical Koran? May I be repeated exorcised by pagan witch doctors? Can I allow pagans into my parish, have them blaspheme from the sanctuary and offer praise, worship, and sacrifice with their pagan idols sitting atop the tabernacle where Our Blessed Lord resides? Are these heroic examples of living out the Faith?
In finem. Psalmus David.
Usquequo, Domine, oblivisceris me in finem? usquequo avertis faciem tuam a me? quamdiu ponam consilia in anima mea; dolorem in corde meo per diem? usquequo exaltabitur inimicus meus super me? Respice, et exaudi me, Domine Deus meus. Illumina oculos meos, ne umquam obdormiam in morte; nequando dicat inimicus meus : Prævalui adversus eum. Qui tribulant me exsultabunt si motus fuero; ego autem in misericordia tua speravi. Exsultabit cor meum in salutari tuo. Cantabo Domino qui bona tribuit mihi; et psallam nomini Domini altissimi.
as for GPII, I think he has paid any wrongs with his great, great sufference. For aman like him, bold, strong, very active in sport, even handsome, to become such derelict, such awreck, is a sign of God’ s mercy. However I’ d await to canonize him at least 10more years !
As for G xxiii, if you consider he took the name of an antipope! Enougj said
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My gut tells me the canonizations won’t happen. So many things are converging globally, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see the much warned of Chastizement taking place to stop it. We’re already in a spiritual chastizement. Methinks its about to get physical. Time for everyone to get the spiritual ducks in a row. Something wicked this way comes.
May the pontificate be short