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To: Tax-chick

I agree with your point that canonization does not in fact endorse all aspects of the policies, but rapid papal canonization tends in that direction. No popes have been elevated this rapidly in at least the past 1400 years, and it seems to me the rush is more a self-administered pat on the back to assure ourselves that things are ok rather than because the ones being canonized stand head and shoulders above all their predecessors—and pseudo-equivalent canonization in the case of John XXIII (waiving the requirement of a miracle after beatification), makes this seem even more the case.

The rush to canonize made feasible through the easing of the traditional standards makes it so that the quite good and truly outstanding get lumped together and makes it more likely that the person will not be seen in historical perspective. Four miracles, or three miracles and martyrdom, was a much taller standard.

http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1350746?eng=y


17 posted on 05/11/2014 5:29:31 AM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Hieronymus
the quite good and truly outstanding get lumped together

That's a good point.

23 posted on 05/11/2014 6:32:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick (If I offended you, you needed it.)
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