Monday, January 17, 2011
Charlatans of Catholic Church
Saints and the Vatican * Empower the Witch Doctors
According to a report in the New York Times, Pope Benedict XVI has initiated steps to beatify his predecessor, the late John Paul II.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI moved his beloved predecessor one step closer to sainthood on Friday, confirming a miracle by John Paul II and setting May 1, the first Sunday after Easter, as the date of his beatification.
The designation means he is considered “blessed” and can be publicly venerated. Sainthood would follow after the confirmation of one more miracle.
Benedict said Friday in a decree that a French nun had been miraculously cured of Parkinson’s disease thanks to John Paul’s intercession. John Paul himself had Parkinson’s. In a statement, Benedict said that a Vatican-appointed committee of cardinals, bishops, doctors and theologians had determined that the recovery of Sister Marie Pierre Simon from Parkinson’s was “miraculous” and “scientifically inexplicable.”
“All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe”
--Thomas Paine (English born American Writer)