Cheering for John Paul’s Sainthood–and Ignoring His Ties to Abuse Scandal

“John Paul II’s Beatification Cheered” was USA Today‘s headline (5/2/11)–followed by 19 paragraphs of cheerleading for the accelerated process of declaring the late Pope John Paul II an official saint: Various sources in Eric Lyman’s article called the event “an important day and a wonderful opportunity to recognize a great man,” “a man of God who inspired countless people” with “the strength of a titan, a strength which came to him from God.” The only hint of dissent came in the last two paragraphs of the piece: Not all were pleased about the beatification. “John Paul was a great man, […]