Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pope Benedict said to have declined immediate canonization for Pope John Paul II

In his first days in office back in 2005, Pope Benedict measured but rejected the instant canonization of Pope John Paul II. That’s the claim being made by Andrea Tornielli, Vatican correspondent with the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

He writes April 27, “Pope Ratzinger did not decide on the spot. He knew his predecessor and had no doubts about his personal holiness. He required to consult first, though, and finally determined to waive the usual waiting period of five years (before opening the cause of canonization) but not to skip the step of beatification.”

Tornielli claims that the suggestion of immediate canonization came from Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, the private secretary to John Paul II. He also states that the idea of not waiting the standard five-year period before opening a cause of canonization was made by the Slovak Cardinal Jozef Tomko, a close friend and intimate of John Paul II.

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