Saint for the ages

Like all men, Pope John Paul II was flawed. But his faith, love and dedication make him more than deserving of beatification

Edward Morrissey

Normally, I use my column to discuss American politics and foreign policy rather than journeys of faith, in either the figurative or literal sense. This week, I make both as I travel to Rome for the first time, to attend the services that will beatify Pope John Paul II, the last step in the Roman Catholic Church before sainthood. Yet some have objected to the Vatican’s recognition of the journey of the former Karol Wojtyla, and the enduring lessons and sacrifices that he gave as both a man and the leader of his flock.

Critics have opposed the beatification of John Paul II due mainly to the failure of the Catholic Church to deal properly with a widespread scandal involving child abuse in the parishes. The abuse occurred both before and during John Paul II’s papacy, as did cover-ups at high levels in dioceses around the world. Other criticisms appear more aimed at the timing of the beatification, or of John Paul II’s defense of Catholic doctrine, especially on birth control, abortion, and the role of men and women in sacramental roles within the church itself.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.