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After Second Approved Miracle, Pope John Paul II Likely to Become a Saint

Jul 5, 2013 8:30 AM EDT

Pope Francis signed off on a second miracle attributed to the late Pope John Paul II, setting him up to officially become a saint. Barbie Latza Nadeau on the bureaucracy of proving miracles.

On May 1, 2011, the late pope John Paul II was beatified as a precursor to sainthood after being credited for miraculously curing a French nun of Parkinson’s disease. On that day, the family of a severely ill Costa Rican woman reportedly prayed to the beatified pontiff for her recovery. According to Costa Rican daily La Nación, the sick woman had visited the Calerdon Guardia hospital in San José just days before John Paul was beatified and was diagnosed with an aneurysm on a major blood vessel in her brain. After the beautification and the family’s prayers, the aneurysm miraculously disappeared, according to Alejandro Vargas Roman, the attending physician in an interview with La Nación. Because there was no logical medical explanation and plenty of proof of the prayers to the pontiff, the miracle was chalked up to the divine intercession of the late John Paul II. It was then submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with scores of others, to be considered as his second miracle, which is necessary for attaining sainthood.

Pope John Paul II
The giant banner bearing John Paul’s portrait is unveiled over the facade of St. Peter’s basilica during the ceremony of beatification for late pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011, at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty)

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I am really trying to limit my comments on this one…

Firstly, I will grant this one small  complimentary concession to the Catholic Church and its unbiblical practice of canonizing people into sainthood who clearly were not true believers, as if it were possible for a human to grant another person ‘saint’ status. My concession is this…they seem to demand far more evidence of miracles than the charismatic/signs and wonders revival movement does. Having said that, how on earth one proves that they were cured because they prayed to a particular dead person is completely and utterly beyond my thinking capacity as a logical, rational creature who believes in a sovereign God. I say this without sarcasm, but with rather long sentences.

My other observation is this. Pope Francis seems to be hard at work providing people with you might call ‘god diversions’. In other words, things to worship, pray to or at the very least busy oneself with to distract people from reading God’s word for themselves, sharing the true Gospel of Jesus Christ with others and praying directly to God the Father, in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, through the power of his Holy Spirit.

The Jesuit agenda is alive and well on task.

oh, look….a saint. (sorry, ADHD joke for those in the club)