San Franciscans Celebrate Historic Day For Pope John Paul II

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Many Catholics showed up at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco on Sunday to mark the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Natives of more than 20 nations gathered outside the cathedral, with many waving Polish flags in honor of Poland’s Pope John Paul II.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

The Bay Area Polish community was especially proud of the moment as the beloved former pontiff moved a step closer to possible sainthood.

But not everybody celebrated the beatification as members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, were out to protest the move.

“This is merely a publicity action to regain some of their good name that they’ve lost because of the thousands or tens of thousands of victims of clergy abuse,” said Tim Lennon with SNAP.

John Paul’s beatification, the fastest in modern times, has triggered a new wave of anger from sex-abuse victims because much of the criminality occurred during his 27-year watch.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome early Sunday morning. Some 1.5 million people gathered in and around St. Peter’s Square for the ceremony.

Beatification is the first major milestone on the path to possible sainthood. A second miracle attributed to John Paul’s intercession is needed for him to be canonized.

Pope John Paul II passed away in 2005.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments

One Comment

  1. Bloodhounds says:

    I feel sorry for all the children that were sexually abused. I’m glad there were some people from SNAP protesting. I’ve never heard of them and hopefully they can help bring justice for those children that were sexually molested. Can’t even imagine how many there have been that don’t come forward. Pretty sick!!!

  2. Grokpaint says:

    I look forward to the Beatlification of GeorgeRingo

  3. JaneQPublic says:

    To say that “… this is merely a publicity action to regain some of their good name that they’ve lost because of the thousands or tens of thousands of victims of clergy abuse” is utter nonsense. Anyone who watched the FUNERAL of John Paul II would have heard the THOUSANDS of mourners SPONTANEOUSLY calling for Santo Subito. The church’s ‘good name’ was very obviously not a consideration during that expression of THE PEOPLE – who were NOT at all part of the church heirarchy.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
Got Our Weather App?

Listen Live