Fr. Z: Benedict XVI may approve John Paul II as “Venerable” on 19 Dec
Many traditionalists have criticized the adulation of Pope John Paul II by many Catholics. I have to say that I still sympathize with them. While I don't fault him for not micromanaging the Church, can he be held responsible for the poor selection of bishops here and elsewhere? The lack of reform in the Curia? And what of his actions as pope, in his dealings with secular governments and members of other religions? Or his actions as bishop of Rome? There is a vicar appointed to handle the archdiocese of Rome, but can the pope be held responsible for the state of affairs there?