And the modern canonization factory for popes continues apace:
Adding specificity to what was already known about the impending canonization of Blessed Paul VI in 2018, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the pope’s top deputy as the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said Tuesday that the sainthood rite will take place in late October at the close of a meeting of the Synod of Bishops, an institution Paul VI himself founded.Pope Francis in mid-February confirmed that Paul VI would be elevated to the ranks of the saints within the year during a Q&A session with priests and deacons from the Diocese of Rome, with the Vatican afterwards releasing an official transcript of the pontiff’s remarks.
When he made the announcement, Francis joked that he and former pontiff Benedict, who resigned in 2013 and is now 90 years old, “are on the waiting list.”
Go here to read the rest. It appears that canonization is becoming the gold watch now given to former popes. When Pius X was canonized in 1954 he was the first pope canonized in 250 years. I doubt if the popes since that time were notably holier than the popes during the 250 year span when no popes were canonized. Instead, we now have a canonization process that has gone berserk with saints being proclaimed with all the avidity, and predictability, of the latest line of cars each year. Canonizing almost all of our recent popes demonstrates just how out of kilter the process has become. John Paul II was a highly significant pope; Paul VI was a weak pope; John XXIII, personally holy, unleashed the so far disastrous Vatican II era of the Church; Pius XII was a heroic pope in perilous times for the Church. None of them would seem to have any special claim to sainthood that would not be as applicable to tens of millions of pious Catholics.
Traditionally saint hood for non-martyrs has usually been accompanied by many real miracles, and not the law of average remission cures of illnesses that fill this role in the modern canonization machinery. Compare and contrast with the beggar saint Benedict Labre who died on April 16, 1783:
His death was followed by a multitude of unequivocal miracles attributed to his intercession. The life written by his confessor, Marconi, an English version of which bears the date of 1785, witnesses to 136 miraculous cures as having been certified to up to 6 July, 1783. So remarkable, indeed, was the character of the evidence for some of the miracles that they are said to have had no inconsiderable part in finally determining the conversion of the celebrated American convert, Father John Thayer, of Boston who was in Rome at the time of the saint’s death. Benedict was proclaimed Venerable by Pius IX in 1859 and canonized by Leo XIII 8 December, 1881. His feast is kept on the 16th of April, the day of his death.
Note, however, that even with so many miracles it still took over a century for the canonization process.
We live in a time where cheap grace is all in vogue, and celebrity is worshiped, and we have a canonization machine that reflects our time.