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Saint John Paul? Some say no

Eric Giunta, a law student in Florida takes a look at some reasons why Pope John Paul II ought not be beatified with subsequent canonization in mind. For the record, I think Eric Giunta is off his rocker in his assessment of John Paul’s holiness and heroic virtue, human and papal. He lumps too many things together and he lacks certain theological nuance in doctrine and teaching and when considering matters of ecclesial governance. Additionally, I think he’s trying to hammer a wedge between the papacies of John Paul and that of Benedict which is unfortunate and wrongheaded. Giunta politicizes the Church which is common enough in today’s era, that is, he speaks of the Church more as an institution and does not consider that the Church is first and foremost a sacrament founded by Christ. Miss this point you miss the essential understanding of Christianity.

While I support the proposal of declaring John Paul a saint, I think the Church ought to wait and have further study on his person and work. Pope John Paul insisted on the five year waiting period before the introduction of a cause (except for Mother Teresa) to let among other things, the emotions to settle and give reason a chance to work; I think the rule is a good one even for high profile people like Teresa and John Paul. There is benefit in letting the process mature. So, dissenting opinions provoke a critical reassessment and perhaps new thinking so I recommend reading what Eric Giunta says

Our Lady of Fatima

JP II & OL Fatima.jpgBlessed are you, holy Virgin Mary and worthy of all praise. For the sun of justice, Christ our God, was born of you.


Lord, take away the sins of your people. May the prayers of Mary the mother of your Son help us, for alone and unaided we cannot hope to please you.
Today is the 28th anniversary of the attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II by the Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca. The pope credited his survival to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and subsequently made a pilgrimage to her shrine in Portugal to place the bullet in her crown.

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The press reports that he now wants to convert to Christianity after his release from prison on January 18, 2010. May the Holy Spirit warm the heart of Agca and the rest of us to closely follow Christ.
The booklet published by the Catholic Information Service titled “The Message of Our Lady of Fatima” by Father Frederick L. Miller will give you the needed theology and context for this 1917 Marian apparition.
Pray the Rosary!

The Beauty and The Spirituality of Conjugal Love, the republished texts on married love by Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II


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Recently a group
of priests re-published a set of texts written by Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II
about marriage and family. The book is called The Beauty and The
Spirituality of Conjugal Love
.

Karol Wojtyla
wrote these texts in 1962 while he was the cardinal archbishop of Krakow based on
his pastoral experience in the years following the Second World War with young
and married peoples.

The point of
Wojtyla’s writing is to promote communion among people, especially married peoples, so as to live the Christian life. This book is a method of living married life in faith and not as a set of rules and prohibitions. These texts were published again in published 1990s but
received little attention. They are now offered again as a guide to marriage in the 21st century.

The video clip on the presentation.

John Paul II, remembered

JP II.jpgToday marks the fourth anniversary of the death of our beloved Pope John Paul II. His physical absence is felt but I believe that he’s interceding before the throne of grace for those who ask.

 

I consider myself in the John Paul generation and I look forward to the day that the Church beatifies and canonizes him. Even though I love Pope Benedict, I still love Pope John Paul. May his memory be eternal.

 

God, Who, in Thine ineffable providence, didst will that Thy servant John Paul II should be numbered among the high priests, grant, we beseech Thee, that he, who on earth held the place of Thine only-begotten Son, may be joined forevermore to the fellowship of Thy holy pontiffs. Through Christ our Lord.

 

Some newsworthy items:

 

Sophia Loren speaks about John Paul moving toward sainthood.

 

A Rabbi speaks about John Paul.

 

 A video clip on the 6pm Mass offered by Pope Benedict for Pope John Paul II.

 

A video clip on the documentation of Pope John Paul’s move toward being called saint.

 

Carl Anderson reflects on his relationship with the Servant of God Pope John Paul II on this 4th anniversary of the Pope’s death.

Presence in the blogosphere

Sometimes I get weary about blogging because of the time it takes and some days it seems so boring. So I ask questions like: is it useful, for whom am I writing, for what reason, is this just an ego-trip, etc. I came across a few lines of Pope John Paul II which gives me slight encouragement. He said:

 

The special challenge before you, is to find ways to ensure that the voice of the Church is not marginalized or silenced in the modern arena of the media. You have a role to play in ensuring that the Gospel is not confined to a strictly private world. No! Jesus Christ must be proclaimed to the whole world; and therefore the Church must enter the great forum of the media with courage and confidence.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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