John Paul was holy, not just popular

April 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

John Paul IIHis eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, recently addressed concerns that the fast-track to sainthood the Venerable Pope John Paul II has been placed on, is merely a result of his popularity. Cardinal Amato reaffirmed the fact that John Paul’s cause is based on the sanctity of his life, not merely his popularity, long reign or political achievements. Though the voice of the people carries much weight, the Congregation and the Church will never simply canonize a saint due to popularity.

“In the course of a beatification cause, there is the vox populi,” he said, which must be “accompanied by the vox dei (voice of God) — the miracles — and the vox ecclesiae (voice of the church),” which is the official judgment issued after interviewing eyewitnesses and consulting with historians, physicians, theologians and church leaders to verify the candidate’s holiness.

Cardinal Amato said, “the pressure of the public and of the media did not disturb the process, but helped it” because it was a further sign of Pope John Paul’s widespread reputation for holiness, which is something the church requires proof of before it moves to beatify someone.


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