While I was perhaps John Paul II’s greatest admirer, I understand why many think his beatification was rushed. Much has come to light since his death- the treachery of Fr Maciel, whom John Paul defended, the extent of hierarchal complicity in the clerical abuse scandal- that has revealed not only that he was not much of an administrator, but that he was not a good judge of character. And even during his lifetime it was apparent that he had allowed Catholic social teaching to be hijacked by neoconservatives. To be sure, he attempted to clarify matters, but after the media blitz following the publication of Centesimus Annus the damage was done.
But he is being canonized not for being an effective administrator nor for discerning hearts -indeed, Mother Teresa’s confessor turned out to be an abuser- but rather for his holiness, which was evident.
For even saints are flawed; the communion of saints includes preachers of holy war, defenders of capital punishment for heretics, narrow minded men and women, sometimes viciously attacking their (often sainted) enemies, and the rest.
God overlooks much, and humans are a dense lot.
John Paul II was a holy man, and one who accomplished much good for the Church and the world in spite of his flaws.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.