Pope John Paul II: Is he on the fast-track to sainthood?
There is some debate as to whether Pope John Paul II's path to possible sainthood has been quicker than others.
January 14th, 2011
08:21 AM ET

Pope John Paul II: Is he on the fast-track to sainthood?

The late Pope John Paul II is one miracle away from sainthood.

CNN's Senior Vatican Correspondent John Allen reports that a beatification ceremony for the late Pope will take place on May 1. This morning, Pope Benedict XVI credited his predecessor with performing a miracle which is the final requirement for beatification. Sainthood, however, would require that he be credited with performing two miracles.

But today's move does not come without controversy. As Allen explains to Kiran Chetry, some Catholics have expressed disapproval that the late Pope seems to be on the fast-track to sainthood.

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  1. Uraluni

    How do they come up with these rules??? Not only do people need to agree that someone did something that never happened ("miracle"), but they have to agree that TWO things happened that never did.

    January 14, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • geraldh

      Please prove that they never did? Were you there? Did you study the info? Were you the doctor of the person who was alleged to be cured? Do you have such a grasp of the universe that you can tell me all that is and isn't possible and all that did and did not happen?

      January 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uraluni

      I could reverse the heat and ask you to prove to me that heat. Prove to me that he did. It's a statistical improbability that some guy spoke a few words, clapped his hands and "poof!"...miracle.

      Forgive my lack of belief, but I find this action highly unlikely.

      Also, this still doesn't change my initial question. Who comes up with these rules. They just seem odd to me.

      January 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Unsan

    crazy Catholics..

    January 14, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • neoritter


      January 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Need toreconsider

    There is much more earlier discussion on this. For the "bottom" line see:

    January 14, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    The Pope ain't no Michael Vick, but come on? What does the Pope need to do in order to get some attention these days, fight some pibull's? Hang a ciouple from a tree?

    January 14, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Red rocket

    My grandma is a saint too! I prayed to her and got over drug addiction! Wow! It's so easy to create a miracle!

    January 14, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      Your sarcasm isn't refreshing. Please look up the steps to sainthood before you say anything else.

      January 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MLW

    He is no saint. Why don't they include all the pedophiles he covered for over the years when quantifying whether he should be a saint.

    January 14, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      You are right, he isn't a saint. Not yet at least. There is only one miracle attributed to him. That only qualifies him for beatification. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

      January 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Let's play the word association game! First word: Catholic. Second word: Child Third word: Priest Fourth word: Pope

    January 14, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • geraldh

      Aren't we funny today. Do you have something constructive to say.

      January 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alice duman

    What an abomination to the Lord are Catholics! Wake up, read the Bible and stop following your bogus traditions just because that is the way it has always been done since the greedy money orientated "religion" came in to being. Discernment

    January 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • geraldh

      I read the Bible all the time. Do tell what you think is wrong with this practice. See my post below before you do.

      January 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GaGa

    Well, he could perform one miracle by getting rid of all the pedophile priests. I think that would be a good one.

    January 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chief

    yeah some nun prayed to a dead pope and got a miricle.... make him a saint.... its consistent with all other catholic teachings.... a bigger miricle is that people believe this crap catcholics put out

    January 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • GC

      Actually, being in heaven is what makes one a saint. Miracles are seen as a confirmation that one has indeed made it to heaven. The Church openly admits it does not canonize all saints, but that all occupants of heaven are saints, which is why there is All Saint's and All Soul's day.

      January 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. myklds

    WOW! I see floods of Atheists's hateful comments bashing Catholics like storm in Austrialia.

    January 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • geraldh

      Ya they love to hate. They also love to think that they are capable of understanding everything and knowing what can and can't happen in all cases. They are gods.

      January 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. geraldh

    Waiting for the silly claims by non catholics that nobody in heaven can hear anything or know anything that goes on on earth and they no longer care about people on earth and they can't ask God for anything up there. Evidently they can't talk to him in heaven. Think about it protties. They can pray (which means to ask) for us as much or more than they or we could or can on earth. Don't get this confused though it is not them bringing about the miracle directly but only through asking God to perform it.

    January 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AC

    I guess Catholics forgot or never read this part of the Ten Commandments!!!

    2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;
    3 Do not have any other gods before me.

    4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

    5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,

    January 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      AC, you think those who go to heaven are gods? We don't. We don't worship them either. We just ask them to pray for us. We know that commandment well and don't violate it.

      January 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      By the way, read on in Ex 20. There is a command that says "thou shalt not bear false witness". That is what you do when you distort our beliefs and practices as you have. I suggest you consider that command. We have no people as gods, no statues as gods, no creatures as gods. We do believe that people go to heaven. I would hope you do to.

      January 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      If you are Christian you should believe that Jesus promises us life ever lasting. As Catholics we believe that we can talk to, through prayer, our loved ones as if they were right next to us. When we pray to our loved ones or to our saints we are not worshipping them. We are asking them to pray for us. Much like you might ask your neighbor to pray for a loved one in the hospital.

      January 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alice duman

    Where in the Bible does it say to pray to dead people? So this dead pope can do miracles? The Bible says all believers are saints. What happens if no miracles are done in this popes name? no saint? oh I am sure some miracles will be made up then. Then Catholics will have one more false god to pray to. Discernment

    January 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      The Bible also says that all that believe in Jesus will have life everlasting. They are not dead. Please do further learning into Catholic doctrine before you disparage us.

      January 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      We don't claim the dead people do miracles. We say they in the prandescence of God, ask him to do them. James says the prayers of a righteous man avail much. There are none more righteous than those in heaven. Paul tells us in 1 tim 2:1-4 that it is good to interceed for one another. So where does it say that those in heaven quite caring for us and can't intercede for us? By the way the Catholic Church says all who are in a state of grace, including those on earth are saints as well. You simply don't know what Catholicism teaches. Don't distort it.

      January 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. discernment

    Jesus talked of Lazarus and the rich man. the rich man was unable to get a message to his brothers to repeant . Dead people do not communicate with the living.

    January 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      Where does anyone say JPII is communicating TO US? Again twisting of Catholic teaching is bearing false witness.

      January 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
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