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The Vatican and Saints

Commenting on the Vatican and saints, Ed Jajko says: "John Paul II is the boss; he makes the rules. In order to streamline the process of canonization, John Paul II abolished the office of devil's advocate and reduced the required number of miracles to one for beatification and one more for canonization. Recent articles in the press refer to the miracles attributed to Escriva and others".

Indeed, we posted something on this. Pope John Paul II wants to stress the example of an exemplary life rather than miracles. The abolition of the office of devil's advocate seems to reflect a concern that he might do too good a job. In any case, the educated public is very skeptical of these miracles and serves as devil's advocate. The canonization of Escriva has aroused criticism from those who say he was an ill-tempered tyrant and a great admirer of Franco. The Opus Dei which he founded is criticized for its power and secrecy. That he is being canonized just 27 years after his death is interpreted as a special favor. There are two miracles attributed to him. In 1976 a nun claimed to have been healed of a tumor, and in 2001 a Spanish doctor said he had healed his x-ray damaged hands.

Not all applaud. John Heelan comments on my statement "As for the once hated Franco, there seems to be a movement to rehabilitate him".: "Possibly complementary to the Escrivá de Balaguer and Isabel la Católica canonization efforts? Are we likely to see a St. Francisco Franco Bahamonde in the not-too-distant future?"

Ronald Hilton - 3/9/02