If Pope Francis is bad - what about Pope St. John Paul II et al?
This follows, obviously, on the heels of Pope St. John Paul II's canonization?
So the first question that I usually encounter is: How is it possible, keeping in mind the doctrine on infallibility of canonizations (note doctrine not dogma), that Pope St. John Paul II is a Saint?
First, what does it mean??? According to the doctrine of dogmatic facts - it is the universal opinion of Theologians that canonizations are infallible. It means that they enjoy the beatific vision. ... that's it. That is the doctrine and it is at the level of universal opinion of theologians. It is called a 'dogmatic fact'.
That they made mistakes is obvious. That the miracles seem to not be very miraculous is also a bit of an issue.
Here's something to consider:
The rush that surrounded this beatification is not only regrettable in light of posterity’s judgement on this pontificate. Its most significant consequence is to neglect the serious questions addressed to the Catholic conscience, in particular with regard to the virtues that define Christian life, the supernatural and theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. In light of the first commandment of God, for example, how can we evaluate the acts of a pope who, by his words and by his kiss, seemed to raise the Koran to the same level as the Word of God (Rome, May 14, 1999)? who prayed to St. John the Baptist for the protection of Islam (Holy Land, March 21, 2000)? who was proud of actively participating in animist rituals in the sacred forests of Togo (August 9, 1985)? Courtesy of SSPX.orgObviously, Pope John Paul II is not worthy of imitation in kissing the koran, calling pan-religious prayer meetings, and the belief that no one is in hell.
What's the last bit?
The conclusion that Pope St. John Paul II believed in universal salvation is supported by this (among others) statement:
Eternal damnation remains a possibility, but we are not granted, without special divine revelation, the knowledge of whether or which human beings are effectively involved in it.The logical reading of this statement is we don't know whether there are human beings who suffer eternal damnation. This statement was scrubbed on the Vatican website shortly before the canonization. (Tradicat: UNIVERSAL SALVATION AND POPE JOHN PAUL II - UPDATED)
So, while Pope John Paul II may be in Heaven, it is not for kissing the koran, calling Assisi, or his globe trotting.
In my opinion, it is because of the suffering he underwent during the remaining years of his life. Years of relatively silent suffering.
That is the example that we can imitate, meekly accepting the suffering that God sends us on this life to fire the metal of our soul.