Christ is Risen! I read some very interesting articles on a variety of topics throughout the Catholic and Orthodox world today. From the blog, Shameless Popery: What the Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II Means for SSPX and Traditionalists
Two days ago, on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis canonized Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. For most of us Catholics, this was a time of great rejoicing. But it was not so for everyone. Critics of JPII at both extremes of the ideological spectrum (so to speak) denounced his canonization. Both his canonization, and that of Pope John XXIII have been denounced by certain so-called Traditionalist groups.
The rest of the article details how the recent canonization of the two Saint Popes creates a problem for groups like the SSPX and sheds some light on the Western understanding of Infallibility and the canonization of Saints. From the Eastern Catholic world comes an article by Subdeacon (Dr.) Adam A. J. DeVille entitled Two Patron Saints of Christian Unity
Regardless of what one thinks of Saints John XXIII and John Paul II, and prescinding from comment on certain aspects of their legacy as papal administrators, there is one outstanding feature of both popes that merits them a place in the pantheon of outstanding figures of our time: their deep and abiding desire to overcome the problem of division and estrangement between peoples, Christians above all. It is difficult for many of us today to conceive of what relations between Christians were like even fifty years ago. I’ve spent more than a decade teaching undergraduates, and their knowledge of church history is even more abysmal than their knowledge of relatively recent history. Few of us can conceive of a time when Presbyterian pastors (as my grandmother saw first-hand) took to the streets in annual Orange parades to denounce the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon.” Few can remember when Catholic priests forbade their flocks from attending non-Catholic weddings. Few can remember the ringing denunciations (“heretics!” “schismatics!”) of each other, heard and uttered with some regularity.
Excellent work, as per usual, for Dr. DeVille. I would highly recommend his blog Eastern Christian Books and also his book, Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West Unity. Lastly, from the Orthodox Christian Network comes What Orthodox Christians Can Learn from Pope Franics by Andrew Estocin. Andrew remarks:
Orthodox Christians should especially pause and take notice of the unique witness of Pope Francis. He is in many ways a bishop who reflects the Christianity of the first millennium when the Church was undivided. Pope Francis also models a form of leadership that is greatly needed in Orthodox Christianity today.
Just a few articles for pondering. Sts. John Paul II and John XXIII, pray to God for us.