Commentary writer Brett Decker's red flag regarding the imminent canonization of "abuse-tainted pontiffs" John XXIII and John Paul II exposes a concern for the saint-making procedure revised by Pope John Paul II the early 1980s.
Before, the process required more time for greater scrutiny to determine firm and popular devotion to, as well as the holiness of, the candidate. It also utilized the now-defunct office of the Devil's Advocate, which presented a case against the person's cause.
Fast-track canonizations risk delegitimizing the recipients and the one who confers the honor.
The Rev. Michael P. Orsi; Research Fellow in Law and Religion; Naples, Fla.
The Catholic Church has its interests, which it must take care of in-house. But priests are liable before the law like anyone else. It is a very bad move to canonize popes who might have been instrumental in covering up cases of child molestation.
John L. Indo; Houston
Let's remember that saints were all human. Blessed John Paul II certainly abhorred the scandal of the priests in the church, and I think he truly tried to do his best to make amends.
Elizabeth McQuade; Tonawanda, N.Y.
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It's a big mistake for Pope Francis to canonize two predecessors who were in charge during the sex abuse scandals.
Just when I thought this guy had it together. He talks a big talk, but doesn't walk the walk.
You think he is for change? Nope, just more papal smoke and mirrors.
Canonization is a process that goes far beyond the pope and involves the affirmations of many believers and clergy. It is believed to be a discernment of God's will as revealed by the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers.
It would be very difficult for any pope to stand in the way of that, especially for crass political considerations.
Bad pope! It is not a good time to promote "sanctity" of the church leaders. No canonization will clear up church sex abuse.
The pope can canonize anyone he wishes; however, that doesn't mean anything scripturally.
God makes the decision about who goes to heaven, not any man. God will take people's sins into account.