Today, October 16, 2018, is the feast day of St. Gall, Abbot according to Lives of the Saints by Fr. Alban Butler (first published in 1887 under the title Lives of the Saints–With Reflections for Every Day in the Year), http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/lots/lots322.htm
Reading about these saints is a wonderful daily reflection; such marvelous lives they lived, such an army who has our back in heaven.
Why not Pope Pius XII?
Great post from Rorate Caeli—from 2014—with a note from today, noting the disconnect in the current canonizations.
Rorate Note: Re-posting this from April 2014. Vatican II, Liberation Theology and the near destruction of the liturgy and the Church were canonized today. While we are now asked to pray to Pope St. Paul VI, we are also asked to ignore the last traditional pontificate of Pius XII, whose case for canonization has been thwarted. Yet, while Paul VI laicized so many priests and religious, and oversaw the destruction of the Roman Rite, Pope Pacelli reigned over a glorious flourishing of the Church in almost all measurable aspects. See below for some staggering statistics:
The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II will take place this Sunday, with many flocking to Rome to be a part of the historic event.
Without questioning the two already-mentioned canonizations, the question still remains: Why not Pacelli?
Let it not be forgotten that his cause for beatification was expressly launched by Paul VI together with that of John XXIII precisely to combat their “almost being turned into symbols or banners of opposite tendencies within Catholicism”. (Source) In beatifying and canonizing one but not the other — does this not imply something about the relative strength of these “opposite tendencies” within the Church?
Clearly, a very strong case can be made for Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (Pope Pius XII), from a standpoint of sheer numbers alone.
For those who say we are now living in the greatest age of the Church, let us consider the numbers below, just for the dioceses of the United States during the reign of Pius XII. They are remarkable, to say the least — if the canonization of a Pope also takes into consideration the appraisal of his pontificate (other than his personal holiness and his prophetical wisdom, both of which are irreproachable regarding Pope Pacelli), then these surely deserve observation:
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While all these numbers may make one yearn for the Church of old, a few of them are truly staggering for the modern mind to comprehend in today’s Catholic-lite world: a 200+% increase in American converts; a nearly 250% increase in seminaries built; a 200+% increase in seminarians; and a 50% increase in priests. All of this happened over Pius XII’s glorious 19-year-reign.
While we do not question the canonization of a saint, we can say, looking at these numbers, that there is a strong case to be made that the lineup on April 27 is short one great man.
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