A Tale of Two Canonisations: Church in future will question their validity – SSPX

A Tale of Two Canonisations: Church in future will question their validity – SSPX

A Tale of Two Canonisations: Church in future will question their validity - SSPX

Nine years after his death, after an exceptionally rapid process, John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014, together with John XXIII, who will have the benefit of a dispensation from a miracle so as to make possible a joint canonization.

Why this expedited procedure and this decision to unite the two popes in one and the same ceremony? Because, as was explained on the airwaves of Vatican Radio by Cardinal Paul Poupard, former President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Second Vatican Council should be regarded as a compass and its directions must be followed, in fidelity to the inspiration of its instigator, John XXIII, and along the lines of the application thereof which John Paul II constantly made, throughout his pontificate.

Although he was never able to obtain the trial that he demanded, Abp. Marcel Lefebvre was declared excommunicated latae sententiae for having consecrated four bishops, but above all for having ceaselessly denounced the rupture that the Council introduced into the Church’s bi-millennial Tradition, with its religious liberty, ecumenism, collegiality and the reformed liturgy.

Someday the Church, disowning the unheard-of procedures that are currently followed, will determine the validity of this “canonization” and of this “excommunication”.
Fr. ALain Lorans

In the next issue of DICI, to be published on October 18: a study about the doubts concerning the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II. END.

(Click on photo of Archbishop Lefebvre, Founder of the Society of St Pius X, for source)


Well – is the SSPX correct? Will the Church in the future question the validity of these canonisations, due to changes in the procedures? Has sufficient time be allowed for investigation into the lives and writings of these two pontiffs? Has the investigation been sufficiently detailed, in depth, or has the whole thing been too rushed?

We will discuss the October 18th edition of Dici, where the SSPX doubts about these canonisations will be published, but, in the meantime, tell us your thoughts about the current edition of Dici. Is the SSPX right about this – or not?  WILL the Church in the future re-examine these canonisations and possibly invalidate them due to the “unheard of procedures” introduced to achieve them?

Comments (195)

  • awkwardcustomer

    How about this?

    Pope Francis has declared the medieval mystic Angela of Foligno to be a saint, as described in this EWTN report –

    ‘In enrolling St. Angela in the Church’s official “catalogue of saints,” the Holy Father diverged from the normal canonization process and recognition of a second miracle attributed to the saint’s intercession, according to the Italian publication La Stampa. Exceptions from the normal canonization process, while rare, are not unprecedented and can be determined by the Pope.’


    October 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm
    • editor

      Awkward Customer,

      The Pope may dispense with the process in cases such as this medieval candidate due to the remoteness of the cause, the fact that there are writings and whatever other testimony has been recorded – e.g. by her spiritual director, etc.

      Why the Pope would choose to do so at this time is quite another matter – I mean, it’s not as if we’re exactly short of saints, are we? Pope John Paul II canonised more saints than all of his predecessors put together, somewhat discrediting the very concept in the (that word again) process.

      Still, one thanks one for the very interesting link…

      October 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm

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