Saturday, April 26, 2014

Opinion on tomorrow's canonizations

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are scheduled to be canonized tomorrow. John Vennari of Catholic Family News explains in a very good article why John Paul II should not be canonized. The SSPX is formally protesting them. Maureen Dowd of the New York Times cites the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal as the reason why John Paul is not a saint. Brett Decker of USA Today thinks more people won't embrace Catholicism because of this canonization.

But here is my opinion on the canonizations:

As a Traditionalist Catholic who has been so for the past five years and who exclusively attends the Traditional Latin Mass, I believe that the canonization of John XXIII might be less offensive to pious ears, despite calling the Second Vatican Council. Since Pope John did not live long enough to see the end of the Council, it would not be fair on his part to say that the events that happened after the Council were totally his own doing. Pope John did add St. Joseph's name to the Canon of the Mass, which is a minor, but merited addition. But since the second miracle normally required for canonization was waived by Pope Francis, such canonization should wait.

However, Pope John Paul's pontificate and some external acts, including the implementation of World Youth Day and the interfaith prayer meetings at Assisi, were troublesome for many. The Sex Abuse Scandal did not help, and if secular journalists are criticizing this canonization, then there is no reason why a Traditionalist Catholic should.

John Paul's canonization actually informally happened at his funeral. This ecclesiastical canonization is just a mere formality, which will bring millions of people to Rome and millions of euros in tourism revenue.

While as a member of the universal Church, I will not go around and say that these canonizations are done unlawfully, but I will say that any priest who says Mass and reads the Breviary according to the 1962 liturgical books will not be obliged to observe the feast days of both Ss. John XXIII and John Paul II. Unless an addendum is added to the 1962 Missale Romanum, the feasts technically do not exist liturgically!

If the canonization process continues to be trivialized, then we will never see the canonization of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. He actually deserves it. He did more to keep the Catholic Faith alive then anyone at the end of this life. If it wasn't for him, there would be no Catholic Mass today.


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