Pastor Comments on Fox News re Beatification JPII
A non Catholic pastor commenting on the upcoming Beatification of John Paul II said that he didn’t begrudge the Catholic Church honoring JPII but he had to disagree with the Church. His point was that all are saints not just folks like John Paul II.The Catholic Church has never taught that folks who aren’t canonized or beatified are NOT saints.
Why Fox had a non Catholic comment on beatification/canonization makes no sense. It would have made more sense to have someone who understood what the Church actually teaches and what this process is all about.
To sum up:
1. we are all called to holiness
2. from the Catechism of Catholic Church
Significance of Canonization
By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to Gods grace, the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessor. “The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history.” Indeed, “holiness is the hidden source and infallible measure of her apostolic activity and missionary zeal.”
3. The liturgical calender includes All Saints Day, a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.Followed by All Souls Day which commemorates the faithful departed who have not yet been purified and reached heaven. Catholics celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven.While the pastor may not believe in purgatory he could have at least understood that the Catholic Church isn’t teaching that ONLY the canonized are saints.The Fox news anchor didn’t question the pastor’s comment.