This is the miraculous event that made Pope John Paul II a saint, as described in the article entitled 'Costa Rican woman who elevated the Pope to sainthood: "Praying to John Paul II saved me''':

Floribeth Mora Díaz was told there was no hope. Taken to hospital in Costa Rica, she was devastated to discover that her persistent headaches were the result of an aneurysm in the brain. The doctors said her days were numbered. [...] 

Alejandro Vargas Román, the neurosurgeon who treated Mrs Mora, is convinced that her recovery is the result of divine intervention.

"Of course it's true," he told Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion. "I am a Catholic, and as a doctor with many years of experience I do believe in miracles. No one has been able to provide a medical explanation for what happened."

Mr Román was questioned by Vatican authorities in San Jose, who concluded that she was saved by a miracle.

"I talked to the priests, but maybe they were specialised in something," he said. "They weren't doctors; they were theologians or lawyers, so my role was that of medical investigation."

But he is adamant that the science is sound.

"We have to remember that the arteriography [images of the blood vessels] was seen by various people within this hospital, and also shared at a symposium in Mexico. The images are stored here. Any person who needs to see the studies; they are here," he said. 

From another source:

"The neurosurgeon who admitted and diagnosed Mora, however, denies he gave her a month to live. Alejandro Vargas says he forecast only a 2 percent chance Mora could bleed into her brain again within a year of her diagnosis, possibly killing her. 

"She was sent home with medication that would reduce her blood pressure and was advised to improve her diet so as not to raise her cholesterol levels and thus decrease the chance of her having a second bleeding episode. She was sedated because the headaches were too sharp," he told Reuters. "We didn't send her home to be sedated and wait until she died in her sleep."

Thus, the God of the Gaps reigns supreme. Find a pocket of ignorance, add religion, some wild exaggeration, bake for 2 minutes, and God appears.

Crackpot: How do you explain X?
Me: I can't.
Crackpot: See? God did it. It's the ONLY explanation! The science is sound!

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Note, Reg, that he attempts to determine with which group you would least likely wish to be identified - "the Tea Party / Climate Change deniers" - then implies that disagreement with his contention, places you in a similar category.

** Follow the Ponzi scheme into the Vatican's new counter-reformation

Or, the political importance of saint-making

"Well, you see it's quite clear," expounded the new Pope, "the 500th anniversary of Luther's unforgivable heresy will be commemorated in 2017."

"Right now We are the laughingstock of our enemies and erstwhile friends," he continued. "Of course, We don't have time to attend pointless cultural events alongside a self-indulgent Vatican gaggle of red-satin geese."

"As we raise John [XXIII] to glory, We will destroy Vatican II just as the venerable John-Paul [II] wanted, but managed only half-halfheartedly." "To quote that tortured anti-Lutheran, Kierkegaard, 'Objections against Christianity come from insubordination, unwillingness to obey, rebellion against all authority.'" "This is the great truth that women especially must learn."

“The self-indulgent fail; We are not self-indulgent."

Roman Catholicism, a this-worldly kingdom since 325CE...beware astute fanatics.

I sense, Rick, that you're a free-form poet, and a rather astute one as well.

This sounds like a tactic con trick to lure people into religious belief and faith, and often occurs more frequently with the charismatic bunch than the traditional roman catholic forms of Christianity.

It's a Miracle!

Cool video, Hope :)

Funny how miracles have digressed from waking the dead, parting seas, and walking on water to what could have been a bad diagnosis/prognosis. Certainly the good Pope can't hold a candle to these claims..

St. Isidore the Laborer (farmer) [1070-5/15/1130] - (1) posthumously appeared to King Alfonso VIII of Castile and showed him hidden path by which he surprised Moors and won in Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa on 7/16/1212; (2) Philip III of Spain cured of deadly disease when he touched Isidore's holy relics; (3) ploughed the field with angels; (4) resurrected his master's daughter; (5) made a freshwater fountain burst from the arid land to quench his master's thirst; (6) his son fell into a deep well and he prayed with his wife Maria Torribia and the well water miraculously rose bringing his son to the ground alive and well; (7) incorrupt body

St. Galgano of Italy (Galgano Guidotti: Monte Siepe hermit) [1148-12/5/1181] - (1) converted after vision of St. Michael the Archangel; (2) after saying that giving up his former lifestyle would be as easy as cutting rocks with a sword, he thrust his sword into a stone up to the hilt despite expecting sword to snap.

Bl. Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena (Dominican missionary) [1220-3/2/1287] - (1) levitation during preaching; (2) ecstasies; (3) visions; (4) circled in uncreated light with bright birds flying around; (5) an unknown pilgrim prophesied of him to his nurse in church, "Do not cover that child’s face. He will one day be the glory of this city;" (6) a few days after this the extremely deformed child stretched out his twisted limbs, said, "Jesus," and his deformities were all gone

Haha good catch, RobertPiano! 

I'm still rather fond of the old 'water into wine' trick, mind you.  I think we ought to promulgate that as an acceptable miracle.  What were those Jesus Christ Superstar lyrics from Pontius Pilate? 

Oh yes - "If you think that you're divine, Change my water into wine".  A nice Merlot would suffice...

The movie "Sideways" seriously hurt Merlot sales figures.

I guess a Côte du Rhone would be acceptable.  Nobody screwed that up for me, did they?  Or a nice Barolo...

 "Côte du Rhone" sounds so randy baby.

And now we have the Holy Toast and Praying Chesus - they just aren't making miracles like they used to.


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