A certain evil old (and now deceased) affliction on the world is being considered for canonization, and they’re tallying up miracles, an absurd activity in itself. One of the “miracles” they’re weighing is that of a man whose kidney stone cleared up after visiting a children’s home founded by Mother Teresa…an awfully tenuous connection, if you ask me, and a rather trivial event. Time magazine starts to agree:
At first glance the elimination of a mineral deposit may seem too insignificant to merit sainthood.
But then of course they go on to make excuses for it. They should have stopped there.
It is insignificant. The connection is thin. The whole premise of sainthood is supernatural silliness. It’s just one big charade.
Consider St. Antonio de Sant’Anna Galvao, whom Pope Benedict XVI canonized last December. Galvao, who died in 1822 (he was on the slow track) was a Franciscan monk in Sao Paolo who distributed “pills” that were actually folded bits of rice paper bearing the prayer: “After birth, the Virgin remained intact. Mother of God, intercede on our behalf.” Believers swallowed them for various ailments. After Galvao’s death nuns in his monastery took up the pill production. According to England’s Daily Telegraph, as his cause for sainthood began picking up steam, they were up to 10,000 pills a day. The Telegraph reported that the local hierarchy opposed the practice, and a senior archbishop commented that it “foster[s] suspicion.” However, the Vatican was apparently satisfied.
Laugh long and hard at the Catholic church. They have a process for posthumously rewarding charlatans for successful chicanery.