By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
There are more and more similarities between the administrative styles of Barack Obama and Francis.
Barack Obama loves to pull the Executive Orders out of his drawer, whenever things aren’t moving fast enough– or simply not going his way.
It appears that Francis likes Obama’s style.
In a move that is leaving many gasping for air (except perhaps for a few of us)– Francis has begun to unilaterally declare saints– bypassing the already relaxed process of saint making– which was promulgated by John Paul II in 1983. As such, Francis went straight to the catalogue of saints and added Pierre Favre, a former “college roommate” of Ignatius Loyola, while the two studied in Paris. Italy’s Vatican Insider is reporting this event as a possible use of “equivalent canonization”– a process apparently used by Benedict XVI to canonize Hildegard of Bingen.
No one is doubting that there are good and holy persons that could eventually become saints. But what if someone is declared a saint without careful scrutiny– and we are later told that there were “certain problems”– as in the case of Pope Alexander III, who scolded Swedes for venerating a monk killed in a drunken brawl. Don’t miss the rest of this BRIEF COMMENTARY