The Last Pope-King
By Sandro Magister | L’Espresso | April 25, 2014
ROME – With Francis the papacy has ended up in a pool of shadow. The light is all for him, the pope. Not the institution, but the person.
He feels himself free from the canonical norms. In just one year he has already suspended six times the ironclad rule that demands a new miracle before a blessed may be proclaimed a saint. John XXIII is the last of the six. Francis wanted at all costs that John Paul II should be canonized not on his own but balanced by another pope with a different profile, less combative, more merciful.
Two of his predecessors made saints instead of only one. The Italian episcopal conference annihilated. The men of the old guard still at the helm of the IOR. All as Francis commands.
And so it will be on Sunday, April 27. The congregation for the causes of saints has bowed to his will and has offered the pretence of asking Francis for the dispensation, benevolently granted right away.