I am wondering what others’ thoughts are regarding Pope John Paul II’s dismissal of a Devil’s Advocate, the requirement of miracles, and long waiting periods that were normally used in the process leading up to a canonization?
I believe Pope Benedict XVI also waived the five year waiting period needed for Pope John Paul’s prospective canonization.
Aren’t these valid measures to prevent the public and the electors from elevating someone to sainthood based on sentiment? The five year waiting period seems valid to let sentiment dissipate and judge the candidate merely on holiness, not on temporary popularity.
The same for the miracles. Obviously, the Church cannot make an error in declaring someone a saint, and the miracles seem a certain way of avoiding this potential problem in that miracles are direct interventions of God into the natural order.
Does anyone have insight as to why these former requirements have been waived?