On July 3, 1998, the Catholic World News service reported that Pope John Paul II had signed 13 decrees advancing the causes of 13 candidates for canonization. One of the decrees officially recognized one of Pope Pius XII's favorites, Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac as a martyr "who died at the hands of the Communist regime." Five others officially recognized 'miracles' performed as a consequence of the intercession of as many "Servants of God," among them Slovenian Bishop Anton Martin Slomsek.
Like the Spirit Father of the Mormons, Catholicism's reigning high priest was going about his business making little gods.
On September 19, 1999, John Paul 2 was in Slovenia – one of the many historical nations resurrected after the collapse of 'monolithic Communism' in Eastern Europe. The successor to Caiaphas and Ananias in Rome's caricature of Rabbinical Judaism went to Maribor to preside at the beatification proceedings of Slovenian Bishop and patriot Anton Martin Slomsek. Slomsek's hagiography may be read by clicking here.
For those who may not understand the significance of beatification, I offer this explanation from the Catholic Dictionary:
I Googled for information concerning any 'miracle' officially attributed to Bishop Slomsek. As was the case with 'Venerable Alojzije Stepinac," I found nothing. In fact, just as my research into the life of the Stepinac led me to believe that worthy's greatest qualification for becoming a Catholic demigod was that he made 'heroic' [and ruthless] efforts to advance the banner of Roman Catholicism and the power of the Holy See, so seems to be the case with 'Venerable Slomsek.' I did find mention of a miracle attributed to Slomsek's intervention here, but no details.
When JP2 visited Slovenia in 1996, the President of that nation greeted him with a speech that included these clues concerning Slomsek:
I don't think decisively and relectlessly defending the Slovene language qualifies as a miracle, but who knows?
In an informative email, a Slovenia correspondent informed me that he had read in a local newspaper that, in the case of Slomsek, the investigators accepted a sworn statement by monks of a Maribor monastery that - as their prelate lay mortally ill - they prayed to Slomsek for help and the prelate was miraculously cured. It was long ago determined that Stepinac had died a martyr, and this was sufficient cause for his beatification.
And we all know that newspapers never lie or distort the truth. Neither do Catholic monks.
'Blessed" Bishop Anton Martin Slomsek's ticket to becoming a Catholic demigod seems to have been that he managed to gather all Styrian Slovenes into a single diocese, thereby establishing a sort of defense against Germanization. In addition to his political activism, Slomsek was a scholar and educator who wrote many books. After moving his see to Mirabor, Slomsek founded a theological seminary – the first such facililty in which clergymen were taught in the Slovene language. [I wonder. Could this have been his 'miracle?']
Is that what it takes to become a god? Or demigod? Is it that simple? Just be an activist and advocate religious and ethnic segregation or "cleansing?" Is it an 'heroic virtue' to place allegiance to the Holy See above all things?
Whatever the case, the process to declare Slomsek a demigod began in 1926. It was 70 years later, in 1996, that Pope John Paul II declared him to be a "Venerable Servant of God."
"Semper Idem," cries the Roman church. "Always the same." Yet to the careful observer, it is clear that very little about the RCC remains the same. If there is a constant in Roman Catholicism, it is that her history, doctrine and theology are constantly evolving. One of the areas of greatest developmental activity is her pantheon of gods, demigods and other spiritual figures to be prayed to, venerated and emulated. How confusing it must be for the devout Roman Catholic as he searches the ever-growing directory of supernatural intercessors in order to find the one who specializes in his particular need.
Personally, as a Bible-believing Christian, I find it so much simpler and quite effective to pray to the One God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the only God there ever has been, is or will be.
For additional reading visit your library and check out Ilija Ivanovic's, Witness to Jasenovac's Hell, If you really, really want to learn more about this stuff, you could buy a used copy of the book, for $124.00
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