Pope considers plan to speed canonization, abolish miracle requirement
Lee ‘had heard of this several weeks ago from The Washington Times, but did not want to spread a story from that Moonie paper. However, the story I am sending today is from a mainstream’ British RC paper, The Tablet.
Lee’s enumerated comments:
(1) The idea that miracles are not required for canonization comes from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). To me, this indicates that the CDF is lacking in ... faith.
(2) So Cardinal Bertone says that miracles are "anachronistic"!?! Again, this sounds like an unbeliever with a red hat ... the Cardinal is talking like ECUSA's atheistic Bishop Spong.
[Well, quisling RCs are mainline Protestant wannabes.]
On Spong: here is the text of his "Twelve Theses" from 1998, A Call for a New Reformation.
Two of Spong's "Twelve Theses" were these:
"5. The miracle stories of the New Testament can no longer be interpreted in a post-Newtonian world as supernatural events performed by an incarnate deity."and
"10. Prayer cannot be a request made to a theistic deity to act in human history in a particular way."[Charley Wingate does a good job rubbishing Spong’s regurgitated 19th-century scepticism regarding the Ascension. Please. A place as sound as the Brompton Oratory preaches in sermons that ‘up’ is a metaphor understandable to Our Lord’s audience for His entering another dimension.]
(3) The Masters of the Temple have revolutionized almost everything else about the Roman Catholic Church since 1962 - so why not do another "revolutionary" thing and get rid of the miracle requirement?
(4) A part of the 1983 "reform" of the saint-making process was getting rid of the "devil's advocate," whose job was to be an in-house skeptic and to challenge claims of sanctity or miracles made on behalf of a candidate for sainthood. But then, maybe if the "devil's advocate" were still on the job, the founder of Opus Dei would not have been raised to the altars.
(5) Note very well that one of the candidates who might be canonized after the miracle requirement is dropped is Robert Schuman, a founder of the European Union. Robert Muller, a prominent supporter of the New Age movement and the United Religions Initiative, is a strong supporter of canonizing Schuman.
"Idea 75 ~ 23 September 1994and
I hope that saintly Robert Schuman, my compatriot from Alsace-Lorraine who founded the European Union will be canonized before the end of this century. The world needs badly political saints. I am glad to be a member of his canonization commission."
"Idea 495 ~ 17 November 1995But then, Muller wants to be canonized, himself.
Given the opposition and reluctance of some governments, especially the big ones to strengthen the United Nations, the novel, more innovative, far superior and stably well financed European Union should now become the foundation, cradle or model of a true, sorely needed World Union. I pray our Father in heaven and the saintly soul of Robert Schuman, the founder of the European Union, to fulfill this most important dream at the end of our century and millennium. The European Union should take an early decision to engage in this process."
"Idea 1340 ~ 12 March 1998(6) Hey, why wait till the candidate is dead before canonizing them? With another reform, we can canonize the head of the Legionaries and of other "new ecclesial movements" while they are still alive.
If I should ever be proclaimed a saint by the Catholic religion or by the United Religions Organization, I would like to be named or known as: Saint Robert of Mount Rasur."