Pope announces he will fast-track the sainthood process for French priest killed at his altar by Muslim terrorists

Pope Francis has put a French priest knifed to death at his altar by Islamist militants in July on the fast track to possible sainthood.

A special mass was held yesterday to purify the church where 85-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was killed.

At the service the Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, said Pope Francis had set aside the period normally imposed after someone’s death before the process of beatification can start.

  • Brett_McS

    If this is the new criterion there will be more saints coming down the pike than you can poke a stick at.

    • V10_Rob

      Of course he wants to fast-track it. The sooner it’s over and done with, the sooner everyone can forget about it so he can go back to whoring out the church to progressive insanities.

  • BillyHW

    She’s actually an alien named Kodos.

  • Shebel

    A French Priest gets killed by a Muslim—- and Francis is going to make him a SAINT ?
    Why not just promise Virgins in Heaven?

    • xavier


      It’s because the priest was martyred in odium fidei. and added to fact that he was martyred while doing the Eurcharistic prayer just adds solemnity to his murder. Remember, they slit his throat on the altar. From a theological point of view, he shed his blood as his master the Lamb and never flinched from his faith.

      This is a clear cut case of in odium fidei. The same goes for the 21 Copts that were martyred on the beach in Libya. They’re saints too.
      So yeah Francis is pretty reasonable in declaring him a saint since all the criteria of his death fit.

      • Shebel

        Yes . NO! Most of the 21 Copts were Young. They didn’t want to die . They stuck with their Faith and had their throats cut by Islamic animals.
        That olde Priest was probably happy to be slaughtered by a Muslim . He was near dead anyway. There is no comparison.

        • H

          You’re implying (and this seems to be the common attitude in our society these days, unfortunately) that life is of relative value – one life can be more valuable than another, in other words. From a Christian perspective, this is incorrect: each person’s life is of INFINITE value and hence of equivalent (indeterminate) value to every of person’s.

      • canminuteman

        I’m not an expert on these things, but doesn’t that make his an official martyr, rather than a saint? Aren’t miracles expected for sainthood?

        • xavier

          No not necessarily because the formula is something like this:

          Martyr= saint but not all saints are martyrs
          You’re right that miracles are expected but if someone is whacked by in odium fidei the death constitute a miracle because the martyr by his/her heroism not to renounce God reminds the faithful of the price we could pay and to take solace

          Also the pope has the authority to fast track the process and the investigation if some was martyred

      • H

        You’re right, of course. But this bothers me for some reason. I think the thing that sticks in my caw is that he (Francis) seems to say and do everything to help or facilitate the rise of Islam and this is in turn harmful to Christianity and Catholicism. So it seems to me like he’s just putting on a show in this case, that he’s being somewhat hypocritical. But … I suppose it’s not for me to judge his motivations: he seems to be doing the right thing in this instance.

  • xavier


    Actually it’s not new per se. Death or martyredom for odium fidei (hatred against the faith) has always been considered a direct path to sainthood.

    What Francis is going to do is probably waive the 3 miracles requirement and abbreviate the postulant process (i.e. the devil’s advocate investigation)

    • Brett_McS

      Thanks, Xavier. You know you can reply directly.

  • Shebel

    You fucking Dogan Pope—–
    Do you enjoy destroying the Catholic Faith ?
    Pretty soon , Beatification , will mean less than your Holiness.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      I’m glad you exposed your bias. Therefore I can disregard anything else you have to say.

  • Shebel

    I think- what gets to me is that FRANCIS— whom I despise— has the ability to make anybody a Saint. This is crazy.

    • xavier


      Why is it crazy? No more crazy than the public who held up signs at John Paull II’s funeral: SANTO SUBITO.
      He’s within his authourity to abbreviate the process and fast track the investigation. It’s clear to anyone who has eyes and is familiar with martyrdom that Pr Hamel was a martyr.

      Most people, especially the witnesses, all agree that he died a martyr; are they crazy too?

      • Shebel

        I don’t know whom is crazy – except for your Pope.
        He is bouncing off the wall.

  • Ron MacDonald

    What about Christian individuals targeted by ISIS, are they too going to get the same recognition.

    • xavier

      Well if they’re Copts that’s up to the pope of the Copts to decide based on their laws and traditions

      Personally as a Catholic I regard the 21 Copts as saints but my perspective is officially unimportant.

      I hope so but we need to investigate just to be sure.

      • Shebel

        You are a Devout Catholic . Good. Do you really think that Francis has any interest in prolonging ,much less expanding the Catholic Faith ?

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  • Shebel

    Justin is supposedly a Catholic .
    When he makes his idiotic decisions to bring in refugees— it is all Muslims.
    He ignores the Copts. He ignores the Kurds. .

    What every suicidal Country needs is more Muslims.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      Don’t start wars then which will allow Muslims to come here. Simple but capitalism always reverts to its essential tenet which is make war to boost the economy.

      Some people just never listen to Lenin or Lennon.

      • canminuteman

        War or no war it is simple to not let them in if you choose to.

      • A Hamilton Guy

        Why would I.