Pope Francis will grant sainthood to Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II this Sunday. The double canonization is a first for the Roman Catholic Church, and the historic event is expected to bring more than three million people to the Vatican. But the twin canonization has also caused controversy.
Pope John XXII reigned from 1958 until his death in 1963 and was known for his efforts to modernize the church. Pope John Paul II, who led the church for more than 25 years and passed away in 2005, is being declared a saint just nine years after his death and some critics think that's too soon. Furthermore, they question his handling of the sex abuse crisis that swept the church during the twilight of his reign.
Is it too hasty to canonize Pope John Paul II?
Jason Berry, GlobalPost religion writer who has been writing about the double coronation for GlobalPost. He is the author of “Render unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church” (Broadway Books, 2012).