July 8, 2013 |
E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post has congratulated Pope Francis for what in a political context might be called a balanced ticket. By deciding to confer sainthood simultaneously on Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, Dionne writes, Francis has pleased two constituencies in the church. “On the whole,” Dionne says, “conservative Catholics will cheer swift sainthood for John Paul, while progressive Catholics will welcome the news that an overly long process of elevating John to the same status had reached its culmination.
July 5, 2013 |
LONDON -- Pope Francis issued the first encyclical of his papacy Friday, a reflection on faith meant to illuminate the mind of God but also revealing someone else's: Benedict XVI's. The document -- the highest form of papal teaching -- was signed only by Francis, but he acknowledged that it was based on an initial draft written by his retired predecessor, supplemented with “a few contributions of my own.” The encyclical calls on Roman Catholics not just to believe in Christ but to manifest God's “supernatural” gift of faith in church and society.
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August 15, 2011 |
When a small mob of gay men armed with flowers marched into the LAPD's Harbor Division station late that August night, the desk sergeant appeared startled. "We're here to get our sisters out!" said the group's ringleader, Lee Glaze, co-owner of a popular Wilmington gay bar that had been raided hours earlier. It was 1968, and Los Angeles police had arrested two of Glaze's male patrons when a plainclothes officer saw one slap the other playfully on the rear. Glaze, an unapologetically effeminate man known as "Lee the Blond Darling," was furious.
May 4, 2011 |
On Sunday, an estimated 1.5 million people crowded into St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets to celebrate the beatification of Karol Wojtyla, who as Pope John Paul II reigned for more than a quarter of a century as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Beatification is the penultimate step in the process that confers sainthood, and the church has suspended its normal rules to accelerate John Paul II's elevation to that honor. In the Catholic tradition, saints are people whose demonstration of "heroic virtue" makes them worthy of emulation and veneration throughout the universal church.
May 2, 2011 |
To the vast assembled faithful, it was a statement of the obvious: Pope John Paul II is now one of the "blessed. " But that didn't stop the crowds from weeping and clapping in an outpouring of emotion Sunday when the late pontiff's successor, Benedict XVI, made the description official during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square. As a giant portrait of John Paul was unveiled above him, Benedict declared the Polish-born pope beatified, worthy of veneration and one step away from full sainthood.
January 19, 2011 |
The Roman Catholic Church has either a very good or a very bad sense of humor. The Vatican has announced that the late Pope John Paul II will be beatified on May 1. Beatification, which requires church certification of a miracle by the would-be saint, is sort of a halfway house on the way to full sainthood, which takes two miracles. JP2's beatification, if it proceeds as scheduled, will have been the fastest on record ? six years, from death to finish, edging out the previous record holder, Mother Teresa, by just a few days.