Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm sure you've heard of the widespread sex abuse scandals involving Catholic priests and other higher ups in the order. Not only has the abuse messed up countless lives, but it has cost the Catholic Church a lot of money and has tarnished its reputation.
The guy at the top during this large smudge on Catholicism was none other than Pope John Paul II. Critics charge that JP2 and the church spent far more time covering up the abuse than it did in trying to protect innocent children from the pedophiles in the flowing robes and pointy hats!
But apparently, these sorts of sordid details just aren't that important in the overall scheme of things. It has been announced that the current Pope is going to make John Paul 2 a saint anyway!
This news blows my mind. It's not that I really pay much attention to what the Catholic higher ups do or don't do, but how can you canonize this dude? I don't care how many miracles he performed -- if you happen to believe in such silly things -- but what about all the lives that were destroyed or injured by those wayward priests?
According to the church, JP2 is credited with miraculously saving two people with terminal illnesses from death (for the time being). Okay, that's two on the plus side. Unfortunately, on the other side of the ledger, there are hundreds or, maybe, thousands!
That's not a very good batting average for a saint!