What are your thoughts on fast tracking the canonization of John Paul II? Even though some miracles have been attributed to him, I am of the opinion that there is no hurry, and much to be gained by following the usual drawn out process. We have become a society of instant gratification, that wants everything now, and I wonder if the push to canonize John Paul II immediately is reflective of that mindset.
Here is an article from Belfast Telegraph about the subject. In part:
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
By Peter Popham in Rome
Two years to the day after his death, the Catholic Church has wrapped up the first stage of Pope John Paul II’s ascent to the company of saints.
The Polish pope is hurrying to sainthood faster than any figure in recent history. His successor Benedict XVI waived the normal five-year waiting period, putting him on the path to sainthood just two months after his death, a full year sooner than the process for the previous record holder, John Paul II’s close friend Mother Teresa.
Robert Mickens, Vatican correspondent for The Tablet, said: "There’s a personal morality that characterises the popes of the last century, they did not father large numbers of children or do other bad things - but were they all saints? The fact is that the Church has not figured out another way to honour people. Some people in the Vatican are nervous about this rush to canonise John Paul II. He was a great pope in the sense that he was huge on the world stage. And in the minds of a lot of people he is still pope. “And that’s one reason why, in my view, they should take longer and let all this fervour die down. If he is really a saint, then in 50 years they will know because there will be a popular cult around his name.”