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January 31, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Pope Paul VI deserves his due

It was good to read “Pope Francis’ saintly politics,” E.J. Dionne’s reflections on last week’s decision by the pope to honor two of his predecessors, especially regarding the role of Vatican II. However, I am bewildered about the sin of omission regarding Pope Paul VI.

Without the ministry of Paul VI, the council would not have continued nor would the reforms requested by the Council Fathers have been implemented. He allowed the council to continue and then in his 15 years as pope, he guided the implementation of the reforms we now enjoy.

We also forgot the very important writings of his papacy: “On the Progress of Peoples” and “Evangelization in the Modern Word” among the two greatest. He guided the Catholic Church through its efforts to live with the modern world rather than against it.

His day will come but I wonder how long it will take before the Church recognizes the leadership provided by Pope Paul VI.

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  1. Sadly, the reason for Pope Paul VI's slighting is that his contributions and reign are overshadowed by both his predecessor Blessed Pope John XXIII and successor Blessed Pope John Paul II. And... there is the issue of the need for approved miracles for sainthood. In 1993, Pope Paul VI was beatified. On December 20, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI declared Pope Paul VI "heroic" making him worthy of the title "venerable" which is the first step on the path to sainthood. The next step is "blessed" and requires a verified/approved miracle. Sainthood takes decades, generations, and even centuries sometimes in large part to the process and procedure to sanction the prerequisite miracles. Pray to and for Venerable Pope Paul VI for the cause of his sainthood.

    Carmine D