Issue: November 2013
Given his social nature, man is wont to take his rule of conduct from the wise and the just, and he would give them the honor due to heroes always in connection with the divinity: heroes somehow reflect the splendor of God clad in human flesh.
This proviso is quite germane to the purpose of this article, which seeks to discover in what sense the word “saint” will be applied to Pope John Paul II on April 27, 2014. Will this word indicate the reality of heroic virtue that Catholics have always taken it to mean or will s-a-i-n-t have somehow gone off philandering with another reality?
The Catholic who made these questionable remarks was Pope John Paul II, whom Pope Francis has just approved for ‘canonization.’ 4 In our post-Conciliar period of ecclesiastical sentimentality, the age-old truths of the Faith no longer stand as the central criteria for determining heroic virtue.
The beatification of John Paul II was reported by the press as an historical fact without precedent, since it took place in record time (he was beatified within six years of his death), and as an event at which one has arrived at the conclusion of a serious process. In the following pages we shall explain why we may doubt the seriousness of the beatification of John Paul II.
An interview with Fr. Dominique Bourmaud, SSPX
Angelus Press is setting back in print a book which is over 30 years old. It is a rare interview between the Archbishop and a Dutch journalist, a concerned Catholic voicing the worries of many about the crisis in the Church.
Why is it harder and harder to believe in the Church?
The “facts of life” accompanying the process of canonization make their cause more a cause of worry to me than a cause for joy.
This question is once again of topical interest, given the recent decision of Pope Francis decreeing that St. Joseph be invoked in Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV of the New Mass, the name of St. Joseph already being in the First Eucharistic Prayer from the time of the first publication of the New Mass in 1969.
Many older, devout Catholics seem to have this sense of urgency and impending doom. “The chastisement can’t be too far off.”
- Can a Catholic believe in the "rapture"?
- Why do crucifixes show Our Lord as woundless, with the exception of His hands, feet and side?
- Should I attend the Mass of a Thuc-line priest?
- Pope Francis Entrusted the World to Our Lady of Fatima
- Appeal for the Filipino Typhoon Yolanda victims
- Report of Bishop Fellay’s Lecture at the Angelus Press Conference in Kansas City (USA)
- Excerpts from the Sermon of Bishop Fellay in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 13, 2013
In this article we will consider how the inversion of the proper order of true principles concerning the end of Man leads to disaster.
The problem with accepting the public veneration of a genuine saint like Padre Pio is that it would give the blanket placet to a highly suspicious process of canonization; it would also make it awkward the rejection of another newly “saint” whose résumé is doubtful.