A Day for Saints

Santo subito 27 April 2014, announced earlier this morning. It happens to be Divine Mercy Sunday. That seems to fit.

John Allen:

It’s not like Karol Wojtyla, John Paul II, will suddenly become a saint when the canonization ceremony occurs. The belief would be he is already in heaven with God, living the life of a saint. All that’s going to happen when the ceremony occurs is that the church will officially recognize that.

Sort of like adult baptism adding a ceremony to a faith commitment that’s already been realized through the catechumenate.

Anybody else find the conjoined titles of “saint” and “pope” awkward to say, read, and hear?

Next up for JPII: the titles of “the great” and “Doctor of the Church.” The former is a “subito” kind of thing, especially for his followers. Does the accomplishment of the “Theology of the Body” merit the latter? Doctors are greatly revered, to be sure, but their title seems less important to most ordinary Catholics.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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