Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fr. Oder, personal friend of Pope John Paul II says "beatification is at crucial moment"


.- During a visit to Spain this week, the postulator of Pope John Paul II’s cause for beatification noted that the process is currently at a crucial moment as miracles attributed to the late pontiff’s intercession are being investigated.

In an interview with the newspaper La Razon, Father Slawomir Oder said the process “has not been blocked” as some media reports have indicated. “The only thing I can say is that the canonical process must continue,” he said.

“We have reached the end of the first phase which deals with his heroism and virtues, and now we must initiate the process dealing with miracles. When it is finished, the Church will be able to lay out the process for his beatification,” the priest said.


Anonymous said...

Dear Jack,
At the risk of sounding like a nit-picker, it's John Paul II, or John Paul 2, but not John Paul 11 - the way you write it looks like John Paul Eleven!

Jack, did you ever meet JPII? What are your thoughts on his beatification? My only comment is what's the rush? It appears to be fueled in part by public sentiment. He was a very popular pope. Thoughts?

The Monk said...

Anonymous - thanks, I think I've fixed it!

I never met him and, for my own reasons, I wasn't a big fan of his immediately after leaving the LC. Later I came to appreciate him. In the context of the Maciel fiasco, I've been asked about him and his support for the Legion. I'll try and get around to that in the next post.... Meanwhile, I'll work on spelling his name right!

Anonymous said...

Not to nit-pick either but I believe you are incorrect that John Paul could be referred to as John Paul 2. Growing up in the parochial school system in the states, the number after the pope's name was always indicated in Roman Numerals.

Bill T.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bill, I really meant it more as a way of explanation (or "pronunciation", if you will) of the difference between "eleven" and "two". After all, Jack didn't refer to him as John Paul XI, right?

But from one nitpicker to another, I appreciate the extra info. You can never be too nitpicky when it comes to papal facts, right?