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July 8, 2013 | By Michael McGough
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.
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April 27, 2014 | By Tom Kington
For a pope who was elected when he was 76 and served for just five years, John XXIII has nevertheless come to be seen as one of the most influential popes of the 20th century. Viewed as a mere stopgap when he was elected in 1958 in the wake of the 20-year reign of Pius XII, John took the Vatican by surprise by calling the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Vatican II, as it came to be known, ushered in Masses in the vernacular instead of Latin, handed more power to bishops and launched a new outreach to other religions.
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MAGAZINE
November 15, 1992
I hope that Las Casas has been a saint in the eyes of God, because his human decency was his alone and is in no way transferable to the Catholic Church at this late date. If the church opposed the horrors perpetrated against American Indians (often in the name of the church itself), it did a very poor job of communicating that opposition. The question is not whether Las Casas deserves sainthood but whether the church has the right to bestow it. SUSAN DE VILMORIN Bonita
WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Tom Kington
Everything about Pope John Paul II was larger than life: his constant globetrotting, his naming of 483 saints -- more than all his predecessors combined -- and his 27 years in office, making him one of the longest serving pontiffs. The Polish pope even set records at his funeral in 2005, which was estimated to be the largest gathering of heads of state and government in history. But Karol Wojtyla also won over Catholics with a distinctly self-effacing charm, famously asking the crowd on the night of his election in 1978 to correct him if he stumbled in his Italian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1988
Re Father Junipero Serra sainthood (Letters, Sept. 11): How could you print such garbage in your paper? Whoever Jan Vandersloot is and whatever ax he has to grind is beyond me, but he's just parroting the unfounded claims of a few malcontents posing as Indians in the area of the Monterey Peninsula. Father Serra was loved by the Indians when he was there. I lived in Carmel and saw their feeble lies told and heard people who knew what they were talking about prove it all to be lies.
OPINION
May 4, 2011 | Tim Rutten
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.
OPINION
January 19, 2011 | By Michael Kinsley
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1991 | RUSSELL DeVITA, Columnist Bill Boyarsky is on vacation. Today's guest columnist is Russell DeVita, a suburban news editor for The Times
St. Sebastian, pray for me. Since Catholic grade school I have worried about the quality of life, fretted about the people starving in India, about pitching in and shouldering the burden. We were taught the importance of virtue, sacrifice and suffering. I remember being especially awed by the story of Sebastian, the Roman martyr whom the Emperor Diocletian ordered shot to death with arrows. He recovered, stood up to his antagonist for his cruelty, and was promptly beaten to death with clubs.
WORLD
July 5, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
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.
WORLD
May 1, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Before hundreds of thousands of the Roman Catholic faithful, the late Pope John Paul II was beatified Sunday in a ceremony that declared him "blessed" and put the Polish pontiff one step closer to sainthood. A packed St. Peter's Square erupted in applause when the current pope, Benedict XVI, recited the words that elevated his predecessor, whose massive portrait was then unveiled over the doorway of the basilica. A choir broke into a chorus of "Amens" as some in the crowd wept.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Michael McGough
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.
WORLD
July 5, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
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.
OPINION
May 4, 2011 | Tim Rutten
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.
WORLD
May 2, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
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.
OPINION
January 19, 2011 | By Michael Kinsley
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.
WORLD
January 15, 2011 | By Henry Chu and Livia Borghese, Los Angeles Times
The good news reached Maria Helena Pambo as she stood in line in St. Peter's Square to pray at the tomb of Pope John Paul II. On a gloriously sunny afternoon, Pambo, 34, heard that the former pontiff is to be officially beatified this spring, barely six years after his death ? the quickest anyone has been bestowed the honor in modern times. The Vatican announced Friday that his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, had approved the move. "It's a day of joy and happiness," said Pambo, a nun from Peru.
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