beatify giblets nooooooooow!

Giblets demands to be sainted:

But Giblets is good and kind and does not hate children! All the time! And he has already performed like six miracles many of which involve healing or blowing up monsters which were about to eat virgins! Now how much cooler a saint can you get than that? Answer you cannot so saint me Giblets saint me now now now!

I heard an interview on NPR in which a reporter who covers the Vatican tried to clarify that when the church beatifies someone, it is not an endorsement of the person’s beliefs, but rather an endorsement of the inner holiness of that person. So the church is not endorsing a nun’s anti-Semitic visions of the passion, but rather setting her internal faith and fortitude in the face of intense pain as an example.

It’s a clever way of sidestepping the bad sides to people, but it’s a distinction lost on most people. Some might say you have to take the good with the bad, but in the sainting business, you don’t have to take the bad with the good. In the end it seems too much like rhetorical sleight-of-hand. Unless you specifically condemn the use of poison gas in WWI by Karl I, how can you beatify him without tacitly approving it?

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