A SECULAR TAKE ON POPE SAINT PAUL VI! IT IS VERY TELLING!
The man who said no to free love: Paul VI becomes saint
Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere,AFP5 hours ago
Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Paul VI, the man who cracked down on free
love during the 1960s and carried out sweeping changes to the Church,
became a saint Sunday, along with slain Salvador archbishop Oscar
Giovanni Battista Montini, a softly spoken cardinal from northern
Italy, was elected pope in 1963 and held Saint Peter's chair for 15
years in a difficult period for the Roman Catholic Church, which saw
many believers and priests up sticks as populist rebellions swept across
His papacy was marked by a growing secularisation and liberation of
morals, and while the polarisation of Cold War politics did little to
ease his rule he was also hampered by a reputation for being weak and
But Paul VI is credited with being one of Pope Francis's models, a
humble man in many ways, to whom the Argentine pope frequently refers in
The intellectual Paul VI continued the Second Vatican Council
launched by his predecessor Pope John XXIII in 1962, winding it up in
1965 and implementing its numerous reforms, including efforts to
dialogue with other religions and a greater role for lay people.
He was a pope of great initiative. The first pilgrim pope -- crossing
continents on his trips to meet the faithful, he was also the first to
attempt to reform the Vatican's powerful Curia, the first to hold weekly
general audiences with the common man in Saint Peter's Square and seek
the opinions of non believers.
He is most famous, however, for reaffirming the Church's ban on
artificial contraception -- despite the fact that his own birth control
commission, set up to advise the Vatican, voted overwhelming to lift the
The decision enraged many Catholics at a time when believers were
embracing sexual freedom and women were demanding the right to use the
birth control pill.
- Refusing the papal tiara -
Paul VI's path to sainthood began in 2013 when the Vatican's
Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved his first miracle, the
apparent healing of an unborn child in 2001 in the United States who had
a high risk of brain damage.
Doctors offered the mother an abortion, but she refused and instead
prayed for Paul VI's intercession using a fragment of the pope's
clothing given to her by a nun. Her child is now thirteen and appears to
Having made saints of John Paul II and John XXIII in a lavish do in
2014, Francis will canonise Montini in a ceremony aimed at honouring a
man who, like the 81-year-old current pope, shunned pomp and the spoils
Just as Francis refused to wear the traditional gold cross, Paul VI
set aside the jewel-encrusted papal tiara shortly after his election in
1963, laying it on the altar of Saint Peter's Basilica and donating its
value to the poor.
The ceremony coincides with a meeting of the world's bishops, for it
was Paul VI who introduced the tradition of holding such synods.
The current meeting is being held as the Church struggles to emerge from a series of abuse scandals.
Francis was in his late 20s when Paul VI was elected and while it is
yet to be seen whether he will stand firmer than the Italian pope, the
pair share a sense of humility and openness towards people of all
Some of Francis's actions have
also echoed those of Paul VI before him, from the latter's historic 1964
encounter in Jerusalem with the Patriarch of Constantinople to his 1965
speech to the United Nations in which he cried out an appeal for "no
more war, never again!"