30. Has there been a new concept of sainthood and holiness since
Afraid so! It
is a concept of holiness for everybody, universal sanctity. It is
not wrong to say that there is a call, a vocation to holiness for
all human beings; but what is wrong is to lower holiness to a
level that makes people believe that everyone is going to Heaven.
31. How could true miracles be permitted by God to authenticate a false
teaching, in the case of the many beatifications and canonizations
that have been performed in recent decades?
That is the
whole problem: are these real miracles? Are these prodigies? In my
opinion, there are doubts. I am very surprised by the casualness
with which they are dealing with these things, as far as I know.
32. If canonization involves papal infallibility, could one reject the
new saints canonized by the Pope?
It is true that there is a problem
there, on the question of contemporary canonizations. Nevertheless
one could ask the question of whether there is a true intention to
invoke infallibility in the terms that are used by the Supreme
Pontiff. They changed these terms for [the ceremony of]
canonization; they have become much less strong than before. I
think that that goes along with the new mentality that does not
want to make dogmatic definitions by invoking infallibility. We
should realize, however, that this is only a tentative
explanation…. There is no satisfactory answer, except the one
about the intention of the supreme authority to invoke his
infallibility or not.