By John Hubbuch
Now I suppose as a lapsed Catholic ("Bless me father my last confession was 50 years ago. Since my last confession I have had lustful thoughts 118,345,112 times.") my opinion doesn't count for much in saint-making circles, but I'm not sure Pope John Paul II should be fast tracked to sainthood.
I have no doubt that JP2 was a good man and Pope. He reached out to Jews, Greek Orthodox, Episcopalians ,et al--even Druids. He visited 127 countries crushing the papal frequent flyer mileage record. He managed the world's largest non-profit through perilous times. And he was Polish and invented the Popemobile.
But c'mon he's not even close to St. Lawrewnce who while being barbequed-martyred told his tortrurers he was done on one side. Talk about sang froid. Or St Stephen who was stoned (by rocks) to death. Or St Sebestian who was used as an archery target by the godless. Then there was St. Bernadette who saw the Virgin Mary 18 times at Lourdes and whose body was incorruptible--like in didn't decay ever. ( For further details see the movie "Song of Bernadette") And don't forget St Ignatius and St. Francis who founded historic religious orders. I loved studying these and other lives of the saints at Our Lady of Perpetual Help .
These were real saints. Pope Paul's miracle #1 (you need two to become a saint) was a French nun with Parkinson's disease who was "cured" two months after the Pope's death. Really? Really? Worst miracle ever.
Again I'm sure JP2 was a good guy, but I'm just not sure he's a saint. The sainthood bar has been and should be set celestially high.