After a delay in the beatification process of John Paul II, Italian media reports that progress has picked up in the matter concerning a medical assessment of a supposed miracle performed by the late Polish pontiff.
The Italian Il Giornale daily informs that the beatification process of John Paul II is progressing due to a medical assessment of a supposed miracle performed by the late Polish pontiff.
The process appeared to be slowed down due to a number of factors, including the recent sex scandals that had arisen in the Church, especially the case of the founder of the Legion of Christ, Mexican-born Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, who was found guilty of abuse and fathering at least one child. Fr. Maciel was supported by John Paul II, but eventually banished from active ministry by his successor, Benedict XVI.
According to Andrea Tornielli, a journalist specialising on the Vatican, "the materials presented in the [beatification] process, show that John Paul II did not know about the grave accusations against Maciel” Il Giornale suggest that the beatification process was not halted because of this singular case and, again quoting Tornielli says "the Commission may confirm the case in the coming weeks.”
Late in 2009, incumbent Pope Benedict XVI declared the “heroic virtues” of John Paul II, which led many to believe that the Polish Pope’s beatification might take place this year.