|[L] Pope Francis and [R] Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI at Canonization Mass 27 April 2014|
One wag visually depicted this monumental moment in a homage to the Beatles.
As unprecedented of an occurrence as this “Day of Four Popes” was– Sorry John (sic), it was not bigger than Jesus either.
|Three American Presidents paying respects to Pope John Paul II, April 2005|
saints are important examples to the faithful of how to live a heroic (not perfect) Christian life.
It is about how John Paul II lived his life to reflect the Christian virtue which still touches the faithful today.
|Sr. Marie Simon Pierre|
Sister Marie Simon Pierre, a nun from the order of Little Sisters of the Catholic Motherhood in Aix au Province, France, had suffered with Parkinson’s Disease, like John Paul II, for four years. She intensely prayed along with her community for healing through the intercession
of John Paul II only two months after John Paul II’s death. Doctors determined that Sr. Simon Pierre’s neurological symptoms had disappeared inexplicably. This was deemed John Paul II’s first miracle in 2011.
|Floribeth Mora Diaz|
In April 2011, Floribeth Mora, a 50 year old
Costa Rican grandmother, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain
aneurysm and was sent home to die. But on the day of John Paul II’s
beatification, Mora saw a photograph of John Paul II and the photograph spoke to her saying “Get up” and “Be not afraid”. Remarkably, her aneurysm disappeared that same day. Neuro-surgeons in Rome could not medically explain the disappearance. This miracle satisfied the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican.
|Pope John Paul II at Auschwitz (1979)|
The date of John Paul II’s canonization also occurs on National Holocaust Rememberance Day in Israel and during the March of the Living where people gather in in Krakow, Wojtyła’s home for 40 years, to march between the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz to Birkenau to remember the Holocaust. John Paul II had strong connections with the Jewish community in his childhood home off Wadowice, where ¼ of the town’s 8,000 residents were
eradicated for anti-Semitic aspirations of Nazi racial purity. These
events strongly influenced John Paul II’s weltanschauung, since during his
pontificate, John Paul II made great strives to acknowledge the sin of
anti-semitism, especially in the Holocaust, and to strengthen the Church’s
relations with the Jewish Community. In May 1998, Pope St. John Paul II gave a formal apology about Catholic shortcomings in the Holocaust in the proclamation “We Remember: A Reflection of the Shoah”.
tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt” (“I am all yours, and all that I have is yours”). In Crossing the Threshold of Hope, he explained that the “Totus Tuus” motto expressed the understanding that he “[c]ould not exclude the Lord’s Mother from my life without neglecting the will of God-Trinity”. Polish born composer Henryk Gorecki (1933-2010) wrote the choral
piece “TotusTuus” in honor of Pope John Paul II’s 3rd visit to Poland in 1987.
It was the same message that he brought when he first visited his homeland of Poland in June 1979. The documentary Nine Days That Changed the World showed the power that John Paul II message of “Be not afraid” had with the Polish people to instill the dignity of the individual to live out their faith and, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, renew the face of the Earth and their land.
the Solidarity movement (and eventually became Poland’s President), and Vaclav Havel, the less spiritual leader of a free Czechoslovakia, credit the fall of the Iron Curtain to the message “Be not afraid” embodied in John Paul II’s 1st visit to Poland.
Secret Police with the complicity of the Kremlin. Yet less than two and a half years later, John Paul II met with Mehmet Ali Ağca and forgave the gunman on Christmas, 1983.
|[L] Pope John Paul II shot May 13, 1981, [R] Pope forgives Agca December 25, 1983|
The Third Secret of our Lady of Fatima can be seen as predicting the assassination attempt on the Pope. The John Paul II’s
faith filled connection between his assassination attempt and the visions of Fatima that a bullet from his wounds now tops the golden finery of the Our Lady of Fatima processional statue.
years at rotating international locations. Skeptics certainly questioned in
disengaged youth would care about such events, but the youth loved to rally
around the Pope and open themselves to the new evangelization. The
vitality of World Youth Day tradition has not subsided in the loss of
John Paul II. These large conclaves of young people meeting to renew
their faithful inclinations echoes how John Paul II loved to channel the energy
of crowds in a positive manner to allow people to feel connected in a vibrant
and visceral way.[***]
beatification mass, many feel that the manner in which John Paul II lived with his debilitating disease and how he died with dignity in the Vatican was exemplary. His final words were uttered in Polish “Allow me to depart to the house of the Father”. John Paul II had run the good race and was not afraid to go home to the Father by extending his life through extraordinary medical procedures for terminal illness.
While it is preferable to praise in public and chastise in private, this is impossible in this instance. But this open letter is more than a comeuppance to a cheeky commentator. What should be of interest to religious readers is insisting on context and combating slander.
|Jay Severin in Sede Vacante Contretemp, the Sweet Sistine Edition|
loyal listener for a year. I appreciate that you are open to diffuse means to engage in talk radio dialogue, including Twitter. However, my experience shows that your Twitter treatment could use some tweaking. In addition, your knowledge of things Catholic could use some catechesis.
a shortened hyperlink which gave the source to my views. The tweet in question was rewritten several times to include all elements under those limitations and was posted within minutes. Apologies for the kangaroo typo in the tweet.
Catholic but it refers to the Bishop of Rome. There are over 2,000 bishops in the world, each rules his diocese. Juridically, the Holy See can not simply issue an edit and immediately overrule the local bishop—there is Canon Law
which regulates the Church.
legal price for their wanton discipline on the matter. Steps have been taken to correct them. Consider that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI laicized (canned for the church challenged) 400 priests during his reign (2006-2013) on the Petrine Throne. The USCCB (The U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops enacted the Dallas Charter in June 2002 which has a zero tolerance policy and a stringent background check for any church members having contact with children.
nominally has a state religion (the Anglican Church) and has a history of Catholic bigotry (does the Bloody Mary and Remember the 5th of November ring any bells?). The BBC has reputation for a pan-Arabist sensibility and follows a progressive internationist intellectual path. Ironically, the BBC had reported Benedict XVI’s defrocking 400 priests weeks before, but made no mention of them in context of the UN Conference on Children’s damning report. Instead the reportage just pointed to what seemed like vacuous Vatican rhetoric soft pedaling the charges. Might there have been some agenda journalism slandering the faith and bolstering a progressively lead public perception?
by the Catholic Church and the Holy See? The short answer is no. Did you? I have no personal knowledge after being rhetorically round-housed and hearing the first couple of callers just Catholic bashing since I need not listen to no nothings on the issue. Thus, my pithy Twitter characterization of “besmirching” seems accurate.