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Monday, April 25, 2011



I want to believe Weigel, but his caricature ofT he raditionalist side rings a bit false. Also, he doesn't even engage the complaints offered by them in what is actually a pretty effective piece over at The Remnant ( If he really wants to address objections or questions, he ought to do so forthrightly, and not in a breezy dismissal. It would be helpful. One point particularly prescient for anyone familiar with parish life: "We must ask: Of what value is popular demand for this beatification in an epoch when the vast majority of nominal Catholics simply reject any teaching on faith and morals they deem unacceptable—above all the infallible teaching of the Magisterium on marriage and procreation?"

Charles E Flynn

The Remnant article is well worth reading, but does not take into account the fact that Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II) was very familiar with the Polish secret police tactic of planting false accusations against members of the Roman Catholic clergy. His experience with that tactic may have prejudiced Pope John Paul II when he was confronted with accusations against the clergy, including those against Maciel.

I hope that someone more familiar with the criteria for canonization than I am will comment on whether outstanding or deficient managerial ability is a major factor.

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