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Pope Paul VI Was A Very Decent Human Being, But He Was NO Saint!

by Anura Guruge


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Pope Paul VI (1897 – 1978), pope from 1963 to 1978, was a GOOD pope, he was also an outstanding human being and had a heart of gold. I like Paul VI. He was a likeable person.

But he is NO Saint. That is not a sin. We can’t all be saints.

The Vatican’s preference of late to try and canonize all recent popes, within just decades of their demise, is DEVALUING the sanctity of sainthood.

The rush to make John Paul II to a saint was unbecoming and it does not sit well with many.

Pope John XXIII earned his and his took longer.

I am sure that Paul VI will be the first to agree that he is NOT a saint.

He had issues and made some serious miscalculations that are still impacting the WORLD when it comes to birth control (his infamous Humanae vitae) and sexuality. And despite his moralistic views on the later, even today there are questions as to HIS sexuality. He was NO saint.

I will, time permitting, elaborate on this in the coming weeks, BUT I want to go on record that I, for one, feel very strongly that canonizing Paul VI, this early and this quickly, is plain wrong and crazy.


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‘Our Lady of Fátima’ Marian Apparition Took Place For The First Time This Day, 100-Years Ago; May 13, 1917.

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Just to refresh our collective memories.



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This, i.e., the Centennial, was why Pope Francis was in Fatima to canonize the two younger cousins who died in 1918. Click image to access “The New York Times” original.


100-years ago today!

Our Lady of Fatima‘ has figured prominently in World history and culture since then — especially in the last 30-years, with all three of the popes during that period being avid fans.

Today’s canonization was timed to coincide with the anniversary. Neat.

The reason that only two, of the three, were canonized was because Lúcia Santos, the oldest, did not die until 2005 — aged 97. The canonization process can’t start until you die! Hence the delay. Her canonization has been fast-tracked — as was the case for Pope John Paul II, a huge Fatima fan. She will be canonized in a ‘few’ years.


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With Pope Francis Approving 2nd Miracle, Mother Teresa Will Be Made A Saint On My Birthday, September 4, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


Pope Francis approved the second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa on March 15, 2016.

That she would be canonized, i.e., made a Catholic Saint, was never in doubt. Her process for canonization, i.e., the ‘cause for canonization‘, was ‘fast tracked’ by the Vatican — that means the Vatican started working on her ’cause’ without waiting for the usual 5-year grace period after a person’s death. As a result, as shown in table below she reached the first rung of the canonization process, being declared ‘Venerable’, 5 years and 3 months after a death. She was ‘Beatified’, i.e., made ‘Blessed‘, within 6 years 45 days of her death — a RECORD until it was eclipsed by one even more FAMOUS (and popular) than her, Pope John Paul II.

But, her canonization stalled a bit after that. John Paul II went from ‘Blessed’ to ‘Saint’ in 3 years. It will be 12 years 11 months for Mother Teresa. 19 years since her death. That is still PLENTY FAST. Maybe too fast.

The September 4th date, other than it being my birthday, happens to be the nearest Sunday to the death of her death, September 5.


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