Saturday, March 31, 2007

More Catholic rules fun: the fast track to sainthood

Sullivan points us to this dicussion of the beatification process for Pope John Paul II. Money quote:
Second, and more immediately, Pope Benedict--supposedly a by-the-book-sort guy--has already bent the rules for his predecessor, waiving the five-year waiting period after death for the beatification process to begin. To which any Catholic--past, present, future, or perpetual--really has to ask: If the Baseball Hall of Fame could wait five years after Cal Ripken's retirement before voting him in, where does the Vicar of Christ on Earth get off? This would be like inducting The Strokes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after the release of their debut.


Blogger grishnash said...

In general, rules like this exist in these organizations for the exact same reason: to guarantee that the candidates withstand the test of time. If you're inclined to say, "But our guy is so, so, SO worthy that he needs immediate consideration!" then I would have to argue that you are exactly who the rule is targeting.

8:36 AM, March 31, 2007  
Blogger Zachary Drake said...

I wonder what other parallels exist between the induction into the Hall of Fame process and the becoming a saint process.

8:41 AM, March 31, 2007  
Blogger Heraldblog said...

That would be like admitting Moe Muguro into the Curling Hall of Fame, based solely on Japan's 7-1 win over the US on March 22. I mean, c'mon guys, can't you at least wait until after the April 8 Gold Medal match? Jeeesh.

Curling - Catch the Fever!

4:39 PM, March 31, 2007  
Blogger Zachary Drake said...

Despite my northerly origins (Minneapolis, MN) I have not yet caught such a fever.

6:58 PM, March 31, 2007  
Blogger Heraldblog said...

Fortunately, I am fever free, but there is a cult of curling in Racine, 30 miles south of my home home in Milwaukee.

4:35 AM, April 02, 2007  

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