I’m surprised more JPII Catholics haven’t picked up on the alternative to naming our late pope “the Great.” What about “Doctor?”
No, not that Doctor, but one of these.
Steve Skojec notes that only three popes in history are known as “the Great.” Are JP II Catholic swinging for the fences? We have thirty-three acknowledged doctors in the west. Wouldn’t that be a stepping stone for JPII? Or perhaps that honor will be reserved for our present pope.
The average percolation date for naming doctors is several centuries. St. Thérèse de Lisieux made it on the centennary of her death.
So what do you say for John Paul II: great, doctor, or ask me again in a few hundred years?