Saint Stripped Of Halo After Francis Mistakenly Canonizes Wrong Blessed

December 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Parish Life

Pope Francis took to Twitter to apologize Sunday night after accidentally canonizing the wrong woman.

The Pontiff was presiding over a Canonization Mass Sunday morning when he accidentally announced the wrong woman being canonized. It wasn’t until after the new saint, Blessed Maria Romero Meneses, had already put on the halo that the mistake was corrected.

“OK flock, uh …” Francis said as he came back to the altar. “I have to apologize. I misread the card. Sainthood goes to Flannery O’Conner!”

He continued, “Flock, let me just take control of this. This is exactly what’s on the card,” Francis said, holding up the holy card for the cameras. “I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake. This is clearly the image of Flannery O’Connor with a halo around her head. Horrible mistake. I didn’t know we can jump from nothing to saint. I thought you had to be blessed first, so I mistakenly assumed the woman on the picture was Maria Romero Meneses who has already been declared blessed. Seriously though…how has Flannery never been a blessed or venerable or something? Crazy, no?”

  • idea murphy

    Crazy, yes.

  • Mark Lister

    None of this matters. I was told on a plane ride today by a fundamentalist that in his totally unsolicited opinion we Catholics are going to hell. Apparently missed by the likes of such “heavy weight intellectuals” like Aquinas, Newman, JPII, etc. all we have to do is confess with our lips that Jesus Christ is Lord and savior and we will know for sure we are saved. Apparently we, as well as Ignatius, Ireneaus and Justin Martyr were mistaken, Jesus was only speaking metaphorically about consuming his body. I mean, the thief on the cross never consumed Jesus, how stupid are we to believe all that nonsense? Give it up folks, we’re doomed. The guy told me, and he should know, he’s fresh out of his seminary in Nashville.

    • ithakavi

      Those are pretty good odds. What’s the over/under?

      • Mark Lister

        Don’t bet on it. Betting services are usually run by either the mob or drug cartels from Columbia.

        • MNLoonaTick

          Yes, those South Carolina gangsters are corrupt!

          • ithakavi

            Subtle geographical comment noted.

          • MNLoonaTick

            I lived not far from Columbia, SC for a while. Two Notch Road was full of gangsters, but they weren’t South American…

  • Stuck in the Vortex

    Nowhere near as bad as the time when Cardinal Burke was presenting best liturgical single to Marty Haugen and somehow managed to spectacularly mispronounce his name. Seriously, how does one see “Marty Haugen” and pronounce it as “Abominable Melodist?”

  • Michael Burkes

    A piece of news nicely broken. 🙂 Perhaps Maria Meneses was supposed to receive the Miss Universe crown? Maybe not.

    • ithakavi

      Certainly a first in the ‘Best Habit’ category.

  • Monk

    It was humiliating enough to be bumped from the Roman Calendar. Now a saint has to suffer the possibility of losing his halo altogether? Pshaw! I’ll give you my Saint Christopher statue when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

    • C Quella

      Did you not read the explanation. This is not real. It’s a spoof off the Miss Universe Pageant.

      • Monk

        Let’s review the basic laws: Parody on parody is like parody-squared, not the opposite of parody, you silly person.

        • A.G. Stockstill

          Monk, please turn you sarcasm font on next time.

          • Monk

            Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea subdola culpa.

  • ithakavi

    He made the same mistake when he named Cupich Archbishop of Chicago, but then was too chicken to admit it.

  • Hotrod1962

    Major Rector of the Salesians, Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime has announced that he has pictures of Blessed Maria’s halo prior to it being removed and, never-the-less, that makes her a saint. “This is ridiculous” he proclaimed, ” first Steve Harvey and now the pope….can’t these guys read? If Benedict were still pope, this would of never happened”.
    “All Central American will celebrate our new saint” said a defiant Artime. If Rome has a problem with this, maybe the SSPX won’t”.

  • Jim

    Reached via intercessory prayer shortly after the announcement, St. Flannery O’Connor said, “You like me! Your really like me!” And, now with the obligatory glibberish out of the way, I want to wish a blessed Christmas to all of my brother and sister commenters at EOTT. I’m looking forward to sharing some more laughs with you in the new year. And yes, I know the liturgical year has already turned. I was talking about the standard calendar year. Sheesh! You can’t say anything on this site! : )

    • Hotrod1962

      Yes, Jim a blessed Christmas to you too. And although Christmas is wonderful, I know we all can’t wait for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary time.

      • ithakavi

        Or as our Episcopalian friends call it: The Feast of Our Lady of the Munchies.

      • Jim

        By the way, it looks like this falls on October 2nd this year. That gives me plenty of time to brush up on all of my favorite 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time carols.

        • Hotrod1962

          Thanks for the reminder. I was planning perhaps to take that week off, but hey, it’s the 27th Week of Ordinary Time…….how can I be away that day and miss all of the traditional festivities. BTW, this year, that Sunday is the Feast of the Guardian Angels. So……..I guess I’ll be taking my guardian angel to lunch.

  • samton909

    That’s what lack of Nutella does to you.

    • A.G. Stockstill

      Nice callback!

    • ithakavi

      At last. A Catholic blogger familiar with the hermeneutics of EOTT continuity!!!

  • Adam Hovey

    I would support a canonization for Flannery O’Connor.

  • Lee Bacchi

    Flannery should be canonized!

  • “I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake” … for real!? Go into Heaven and start recalling passports and VISAs like crazy? You, Meneses, out!; John Paul (all of you) out!