Healing of Colombian man could pave way for John Paul II canonization
(07-22-2012, 04:11 AM)Scotus Wrote: One of the reasons that the Church has canonised certain men and women is to provide an example of heroic virtue to the faithful.

Now, let's imagine that the Reign of Antichrist has come and we are obliged by the officers of the Kingdom of Antichrist to offer sacrifice - be it ever so small - before some symbol of the "Son of Perdition".

What do we do? There are probably only a handful among a vast multitude who know that such an act is gravely wrong and who, for that reason, are the object of opprobrium and persecution, even at the hands of their own family members. The 'natural' reasons to sacrifice to Antichrist are overwhelming, not least the saving of our own lives.

So, what examples do we have to sustain us in our refusal to violate the First Commandment? Well, the Saints, of course, who the Church assures us are now in Heaven. But, then, we recall the actions of Saint John Paul II the Great who actively took part in a Voodoo ceremony in Africa and who nevertheless was canonised by Holy Church.

Crowding out our recollection of those Martyrs whom the Church earlier canonised for refusing to take part in pagan worship - or even give the appearance of taking part - we take hope from the example of Saint John Paul II, since he did the same thing and without ever giving a visible sign of repentance the Church has assured us is now in eternal glory, and join the queue to offer sacrifice to great applause...

The fact is: that to canonise a Roman Pontiff who publicly violated the First Commandment and who never gave any outward sign of repentance is scandalous in the strict meaning of that word. It will cause a great many to stumble in the faith and will effectively canonise religious indifference.

Well said.

I would also like to use your point to make another point: As you said, canonization is more than a declaration that such-and-such a soul is in Heaven; it is an official endorsement from the Church of that soul’s public life in the faith as a model of heroic virtue that may be imitated (at least in principle) by faithful Catholics without detriment to their spiritual well-being. Were the Church’s judgment in this regard capable of failure or error, we would be forced to admit that the Church could set up for the world a bad example by giving her children a dangerous standard to which they may conform. But the Church cannot do such a thing even in principle or theory, since that would violate her divine mission entrusted to her by her Heavenly Spouse. Though canonizations would not, properly speaking, belong to the authority of the extraordinary magisterium, the falsity of the contrary proposition (the possibility of an erroneous canonization) would indicate that they must belong to the Church’s ordinary and universal magisterium (as many weighty theologians have taught), which is likewise protected by the Church’s infallibility. Canonizations would, therefore, belong to the same protection that guarantees the Church’s liturgy, laws, encyclicals, catechisms, etc. remain free from error. If these ordinary methods of bearing public witness to the faith of the Church could contain error, then the Church herself would be responsible for the loss of countless souls by officially approving of public professions of her faith that are harmful to faith and morals.

The case of John Paul II’s proposed canonization illustrates the danger of such an error.

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Re: Healing of Colombian man could pave way for John Paul II canonization - by INPEFESS - 07-22-2012, 04:54 AM

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