During a 2007 in-flight press conference, (Pope) Benedict was asked about Romero’s canonization process. Whether Romero “merits beatification,” the pontiff said, “I do not doubt.” That comment was scrubbed from the transcript released by the Holy See press office, as though the dozens of reporters present for the remark wouldn’t report it.
So apparently Benedict did want to see Romero beatified. But that was 2007. If he had no doubt that Romero should be beatified, then why did he wait five years to tell Paglia that the case was moving forward–news that was not reported until 2013? Trujillo died in ’08, so if he was puppet-mastering the blockade on Romero’s canonization, did someone else take the strings? Or was this another lever of curial power Benedict struggled to pull? And if Benedict had already unblocked the cause, why did Paglia report last year that Francis had unblocked it? Hard to say, but one could be forgiven for wondering about Benedict’s commitment to Romero’s cause.
There were certainly people fast-tracked in 1978-2013. I am sure they were all deserving saints, even if they were strongly if not over-represented by candidates outside the non-vowed laity.
Orthodoxy morphed from separated Easterners into a political badge in the Age of Apologetics, so are we also forgiven if we decline to venerate certain recent saints others have become attached to?
The usually humorous and viciously satirical site from “Father D” (not Z!) suggests Cardinal Castrillón-Hoyos was likely holding the other set of puppet strings on the Romero cause. D is a little too biting for my taste, even if I feel aligned with the bump behind the bite.
Is it time to put belly-achin’ to rest on the Romero cause? Good winners, and all? That’s where I’m leaning these days. I am sure that many anti-Marxists will never invoke Archbishop Oscar in their litany of saints. Fine with me. I’m not chill with all their saints either. In a few centuries, most of this political crap will be forgotten and we’ll have women and men studied in church history classes, and a few teens here and there in the solar system will have another confirmation sponsor lined up based on the e-Butler’s Lives.