14 January 2011

Beatification of John Paul II to Take Place on May 1, 2011

With a miracle having been declared due to his intercession by the Congregation for Causes of Saints, this beatification ceremony will take place subito, on May 1. His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, will preside.

The choice of May Day is interesting.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, Timman, the choice of May Day is interesting. I would assume that it is a nod to JPII's devotion to Mary. . . and one last poke in the eye to Lenin.

Anonymous said...

The choice of beatification is interesting.

Anonymous said...

The Vatican Bulletin seems to indicate that this date was chosen because it is "Divine Mercy Sunday."

StGuyFawkes said...

Anon I,

Indeed, the choice of May Day is important. How subtle of the Church to point out that Marxist May day is celebrated only in Cuba, Vietnam and N. Korea, while Mary's May Day is celebrated EVERYWHERE!

Look who survived the dialectic of history.

timh said...

Thank you! Yes, very interesting! ALL other references I saw did refer to Divine Mercy Sunday; this is so appropriate and so much more than a nod to Divine Mercy and JPII's devotion to Mary. But, even if Marxist May day is no longer celebrated in as many places, who doesn't remember it? Discussion of an anticipated Feast Day for JPII has revolved around many first choices being during Lent, so why not May 1?

Fr. Andrew said...

Also interesting that His Holiness was born to eternal life on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday (Octave Sunday), which was also a first Saturday.

Anonymous said...

If the Church wants to further cheapen the tag "Saint", then they should by all means rush to hang it on JPII. Perhaps, as they did to DiMaggio, he should have an asterisk (*) next to his name so that history will forever be reminded of his many failures to act on clerical sexual abuse. His coddling of Fr. Maciel Degollado and the Legionaries of Christ should be enough to put the brakes on his canonization. If I were St. John or St. Paul sitting in Heaven right now, I'd resign my Sainthood.