Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

May 8, 2014

Two saints, no miracles and a pope

— — This past Sunday, two 20th-century popes were appointed saints in the Catholic Church, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

As one who has studied the Bible for years now, I always thought that only God himself had the authority to declare men saints?

I have noted, however, that the Catholic Church makes its own rules about everything? And certainly not always in accordance with what the scriptures teach?

No doubt, John XXIII and John Paul  II did some good work for humanity during their reign as pope, but was this not just part of their duties?

And I’m wondering what happened to the age-old requirement in order for a pope to be ordained a saint by the Catholic Church, he requires two unquestionable miracles too his credit?

Hey, not so in this case? Apparently the rule was waived?

I was raised up in “The Bible Belt” of southwest Virginia, which teaches the real word of God! (Not a lot of man-made rules like the Catholic Church teaches.)Wanna know the truth? Get out your Bible and study the life and teachings of Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand it?

That’s how you will learn the truth and the truth will set you free!

Ron Penland

Wytheville, Va.


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