I read somewhere that when Pope Francis was about to make his first grand appearance aids were scambling with last minute preparations. Someone held a red cape for him to slip into like the one the previous Pope wore. Francis declined with the Las Vegas comment.
The Catholic church, and of course others, could do themselves a favor by dropping Las Vegas out of their ceremonies and policies. That would be claims of miracles, fancy get ups for clergy, and, for Catholics, “Sainthood”.
Apparently, several staff members do full time “research” on candidates for sainthood. There are advocates and others who critique the evidence.
Then, there are political issues that come up in many candidates. Sometimes a saint’s political views are contrary to politics of a current Pope.
I wonder if any lay person knows the dollar cost of the Church’s sainthood bureaucracy? It seems to me it has to be over a million dollars a year. This million has many other good uses.
The real world is is not buying “miracles” of saints as it once did. When someone is cured from something and there appears no other explanation other than the candidate’s prayers, it is regarded as a “miracle” and we have a “saint”.
Statistics explain a lot this. Every few hundred cases of some disease, a person is cured and there is not an explanation. It just happens sometimes.
These “miracles”, like the Pope’s red cape are Las Vegas. Pope Francis would do well to eliminate sainthood.