I’ve been largely ignoring the canonization of John Paul II because it matters little to me as a nonbelieving former Catholic. As someone who studied the canonization process in college, however, it bothers me. Typically, the church waits 50 years after a person’s death to even start investigating sainthood. JPII died less than a decade ago. Combined with his poor record on the sex abuse scandal, it’s evident that the church just wants to capitalize on the former pope’s popularity in an attempt to regain followers and relevancy.
Charles Hall, via email