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Tommy: Pope John Paul II - a Saint too soon?

Pope John Paul II is being canonized as a saint this weekend, along with Pope John XXIII.  John Paul II is considered to have been fast tracked on the canonization path since his death nine years ago.  

Is it too soon for him to be canonized? If the process was politicized, then I’m a little wary. 

READ MORE: Sunday's canonization is special in the hearts of New Orleans Catholics

One priest that we spoke with, Father Jim Weiss, an Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College, raised several issues with the speed of the process. 

“I think when process is pushed in place of prudence, there’s trouble.  In this case, the Pope, who never allows other people to break the rules, is breaking the rules in both cases.”

Father Weiss also raised concerns over a whitewash over the child abuse scandals that rocked the Church.

“Until we know what he [Pope John Paul II] knew and how he knew it and what he decided about it, this canonization is simply a slap in the face to the victims of clergy abuse.”

Do you agree?  Or are you excited to see Saint John Paul II? Listen to the full interview with Father Weiss below.

FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Father Jim Weiss about canonizing popes

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04/25/2014 1:07PM
Tommy: Pope John Paul II - a Saint too soon?
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