Briefly, a couple of thoughts on the Roman Catholic process of Canonization, that is, the official declaration that someone or other was an exceptionally holy person and is worthy of veneration and prayer within the context of the “Communion of Saints”.
1. It seems that the recent Vatican trend in canonization is related much more to the “policies” of the canonized, rather than to their de-facto holiness. We seem to be in favor of canonizing “policies” by proxy.
2. Some seem to be happy with the canonization of Pope Paul VI because they seem to see it as a “Canonization of Vatican II”, and the ensuing “Spirit of Vatican II” as incorporated in the Winnipeg Statement and other Modernist fallout of the Council, so much in vogue these days among certain modernist factions in the hierarchy.
3. Others are unhappy with the canonization of Pope Paul VI because they seem to see it as a “Canonization of Humanae Vitae” which ENCYCLICAL LETTER Pope Francis is making noises about “revising” or perhaps discarding altogether, because it doesn’t align with his intentions in Amoris Laetitia
4. The happy and the unhappy both seem to be in the same modernist faction … smoke and mirrors, confusion, fear, uncertainty, and doubt … sure hallmarks of human vanity and egos in action …
The new Saint himself writes in 1972:
It’s June 29, 1972. Paul VI has a clearer and clearer impression that there is something deep and negative that is increasingly afflicting the Church. The path towards secularization and the lack of internal unity are becoming two great problems for the Church throughout the world.
The pope, concerned, writes:
“… We would say that, through some mysterious crack—no, it’s not mysterious; through some crack, the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God. There is doubt, uncertainty, problems, unrest, dissatisfaction, confrontation.
“The Church is no longer trusted. We trust the first pagan prophet we see who speaks to us in some newspaper, and we run behind him and ask him if he has the formula for true life. I repeat, doubt has entered our conscience. And it entered through the windows that should have been open to the light: science.”
Winter is Coming …