A saint in my lifetime?
Somehow I do not think it will stop there with Blessed John Paul II. Whether in my lifetime or in my son's, JPII will most likely become a doctor of the Church. His Love and Responsibility alone is enough to cure the last fifty years of sexual confusion throughout the world. First things first though, and sainthood is definitely on the horizon. Once I spell out the qualifications he has for sainthood, I will also identify his qualifications for being a doctor of the Church.
As for sainthood, Pope Benedict XVI waived the first step of Karol Wojtyla's beatification process by vouching for his status as "Servant of God" before a five-year post-mortem period. Therefore, JPII was qualified to be the "servant of the servants of God" just by means of his office on earth. But, what set him apart from other popes who held the same office? The answer lies in the other steps of the process.
The second step deals with the life of 'heroic virtue' that Karol Wojtyla lived out on a daily basis. He lived through the Nazi invasion of Poland, the Cold War, an assassination attempt...the list goes on and on to show how valiant were his daily thoughts and actions! The declaration of the Church of 'Venerable' is the exact name given to potential saints at this stage.
Thirdly, the title of 'Blessed'--which Karol Wojtyla has already merited--applies to a potential saint who readily identifies with a proven miracle. In this case, the intercession of JPII has effectively healed two people with Parkinson's disease--the first being a french nun, and the second a former mayor from Columbia.
Two or more miracles are necessary for the Pope to proclaim JPII a saint. Currently, the Vatican is investigating numerous miracles attributed to JPII, and his cause is truly on the fast track ever since Benedict XVI waived the five year waiting period. In fact, it is speculated that Pope Francis may proclaim Karol Wojtyla a saint at the upcoming WYD in Rio De Janiero!
Again, I believe that Blessed John Paul II's cause will not end with just sainthood. Much more evidence exists for the argument that he will become a doctor of the Church before too long.
There are three requirements for being named a doctor of the Church:
(1) Great Sanctity. Only those who have already been declared to be saints by the Church may receive this
(2) Eminent Learning. Those who are declared doctors of the Church are known to be great teachers of the
(3) Proclamation by the Church. Typically, such proclamation is made by the Pope.
*Notes on the above reqs: Nearly everyone who saw or heard of Karol Wojtyla can attest to his holiness. Even his childhood jewish friend, Jerzy Kluger, testifies of his holiness from the time he was ten years old (see my previous post).
As for his being a great teacher, he was responsible for making the catechism available to the layman in an updated, succint, and revitalized fashion. Not to mention, JPII's Theology of the Body and encyclicals speak for themselves to every generation that enquires into the fundamental truths of the human person.
Lastly, anyone with authority in the Church, especially Popes Benedict and Francis, will attest to JPII's merits.
Without a doubt, I believe that Karol Wojtyla will not only become a saint, but also become a doctor of the Church.