An excellent piece from ‘Rorate Caeli’, broaching a question many faithful Catholics are asking themselves. While there are few who would deny the caliber of the two recent Blessed Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonised on Divine Mercy Sunday, it is puzzling why the failure to recognise the evident sanctity and outstanding merits of Pope Pius XII by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints appears to continue, with no foreseeable change to this situation in the immediate future.
From RORATE CAELI
The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II will take place this Sunday, with many flocking to Rome to be a part of the historic event.
Without questioning the two already-mentioned canonizations, the question still remains: Why not Pacelli?
Let it not be forgotten that his cause for beatification was expressly launched by Paul VI together with that of John XXIII precisely to combat their “almost being turned into symbols or banners of opposite tendencies within Catholicism”. In beatifying and canonizing one but not the other — does this not imply something about the relative strength of these “opposite tendencies” within the Church?
Clearly, a very strong case can be made for Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (Pope Pius XII), from a standpoint of sheer numbers alone. (Continue reading….)