Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pope John Paul II-Beatification and Controversy

We Are Church: Beatification of a controversial, contradictory Pope

Pope John Paul II, whose beatification will be celebrated on 1 May 2011, was a pope of great contradiction. His tragedy lies in the discrepancy between his commitment to reform and dialogue in the world and his return to authoritarianism within the church.


Anonymous said...

I can't believe that Pope BXV is rushing JP's canonization.Haste makes waste! It's like all the money now being spent on commercials to welcome back exCatholics without their fixing the real problems which drove many of us away! Perhaps the Vatican should come out with a new five items for the "Sorrowful Mysteries" of the Rosary:Pedophilia, Cover-up, Misappropriation of Funds, Ignoring Women and General misdirecting our attention to trite matters (like changing the words in the Mass, returning to preVatican II!!!!!

Diane Dougherty said...

Welcome to the blog anonymous-I couldn't agree more. I love the Sorrowful Mysteries reference-can I use it or are you writing a book?

Anonymous said...

I, too, am opposed to the rushing of canonization of Pope JPII by Pope BXVI (not XV). However, it's not b/c he upheld the 2000 year teachings of the Church regarding women or his promotion of a holier and more accurate translation of the Mass. It's b/c no one should be rushed to sainthood b/c of his popularity.

If one really wants to have women priests, there are hundreds of Protestant denominations that will be happy to have you. The Church will split from Rome long before any of these changes you are hoping for. In fact, the Church cannot allow women priests, even if it wanted to. It's not up to any Pope or Bishop to make that decision, but as a "Catholic", I'm sure you already realize that.

Pax Christe tecum.