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Priest says John Paul II's beatification a morale booster for Catholics

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Catholics from all over the world are expected to attend a ceremony in May beatifying Pope John Paul II. We caught up with one Catholic pastor in our area and asked him what this means for the religion.

To many, Pope John Paul II was an amazing man of God. And with all the controversy and scandal surrounding the Catholic Church, some say his beatification is definitely a morale booster for the institution.

Earlier today Pope Benedict XVI determined that John Paul II had miraculously cured a nun from Parkinson's Disease. That miracle puts the late pope on the fast track to sainthood.

John McGee is the pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wilmington. He says this event comes at a great time for all catholics.

"Here we have a great pope who served us many, many years is now on his way to sainthood, which I believe is a shot in the arm and a boost for us as Catholic christians," Fr. McGee said.

McGee says that when the late pope is beatified in May, he will officially be referred to as "Blessed John Paul."

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Pope John Paul II didn't miraculously cure anybody. You can count on the truth.

The fast track for John Paul II's preordained beatification is all about diverting attention from the elephant in the room: the sexual abuse scandals he mismanaged and victims he ignored and refused to meet over the past decades.

Fortunately, despite all of the self serving hyper-religious papal worshipping histrionics which are fueling this ramrod to sainthood, the most lasting sign of who John Paul II was will not be a trumped up sainthood. It will be the large millstone God has placed around his neck for all eternity.

For you biblically illiterate Catholics - and most opf you are, after all the Pope tells you what to believe - Matthew 18:6 is directed at John Paul II: "But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."

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You are correct when you say "most of you are illiterate Catholics" but not all. I for one am a Catholic and know for a fact that there are many catholics (groups all over the world) that are opposing this beatification for the same reasons you mentioned. Not all catholics are blind, and many of us are ashamed and sadden by what is going on within the church.