If you’re looking for proof that the Roman Catholic Church is intellectually bankrupt and an open, cynical sham, look no further than the upcoming beatification of the late Pope John Paul II. Â He’ll officially be declared “blessed” on May 1st–it might be more appropriate if they moved the ceremony up a month.
Does anyone seriously think the Vatican looked into the “miraculous” healing of a nun suffering from Parkinson’s who prayed to John Paul II with any kind of objectivity? Â I would *love* to see them turn this over to an independent investigative panel. Â Can we establish that this nun actually had Parkinson’s? Â Can we establish that she actually prayed to JP2? Â Can we establish that she is now free of Parkinson’s? Â Most importantly, and assuming the answer is yes to the first three questions, can we establish a causal rather than mere sequential relationship between them?
And people take this church seriously.