Saturday, July 14, 2012

The holiness of all Popes since the Council is well-known

John Paul I, Paul VI Beatifications Possible During Year of Faith | Daily News |

"A former head of the Vatican’s congregation on saints’ causes said Pope Benedict XVI could beatify his predecessors Pope John Paul I and Pope Paul VI during the upcoming Year of Faith.

Although the process beatification is “generally very complex, in this case, the phases have been moving ahead,” Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, told Italian newspaper Corriere delle Alpi June 25.

After the beatification of John Paul II in May of 2011, Pope Benedict’s possible beatifications of John Paul I and Paul VI would be the first time in history that a Pope has beatified three of his predecessors."

Cathcon- ironically, the July 3rd Feast of All Holy Popes did not survive the post-conciliar liturgical reform.  Mechanically making Popes into saints and blesseds just brings the whole process into disrepute.  The office has been deprived of its once high respect relative to the rest of the Church- but this will not restore it, as the Pope's themselves have been complicit in this. All these decisions, certainly since the beginning of John Paul II's pontificate, will have to be reviewed. 
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