Monday, January 30, 2006

Young French Nun Healed of Parkinson's Disease

After praying for the intercession of Pope John Paul shortly after his death last April...

From Reuters:

The Vatican may have found the "miracle" they need to put the late Pope John Paul one step closer to sainthood -- the medically inexplicable healing of a French nun with the same Parkinson's disease that afflicted him.

Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Catholic Church official in charge of promoting the cause to declare the late Pope a saint of the Church, told Reuters on Monday that an investigation into the healing had cleared an initial probe by doctors.

Oder said the "relatively young" nun, whom he said he could not identify for now, was inexplicably cured of Parkinson's after praying to John Paul after his death last April 2.


  1. Let's see the atheists explain this one away.

  2. You dont have to be a atheist to explain this, nor is it proof positive of any "miracle". Ill start by saying that I to believe JP2 is a "saint" by the Christian definition of the word. But this is not the miracle needed, and Ill tell you why I think so.
    I am 38 and have a diagnosis of young onset Parkinsons myself. While I have seen 5 different world renown Parkinson's specialists and Neurologists, PD was misdiagnosed many many times as something else, because it looks so much like many other diseases from essential tremor to MS to AlS, to anxiety disorder, ect ect. Even now, my diagnosis though I have most of the cardnial signs, is tenative that nothing else shows up. parkinsons can presently ONLY be definetively diagnosed at autopsy with the presence of something called diffuse lewey bodies in the brain. There is no definitive test-MRI, CT< NCV ect ect to detect PD. Therefore, any claim of "cure" cannot be substantiated or differentiated from psycosomatic illness, or some other disease that may be relapsing remitting or curable. Has this nun been put on meds? did they work? Is there somatic illness? While it may well be that This nun has PD, its just as likely she doesnt/didnt. Many, many patients have turned out not to have PD on autopsy, is the Church willing to risk this? It has been estimated that as many as 20% or more of PD cases are misdiagnosis. No, I dont think this is a "proveable" miracle. Since no Dr can definetively say that the nun has/had PD, its very shaky indeed. Dont be so quick to assume the miraculous when there may be a mundane medical explanation, it can come back and make the Church look very hasty, bias, and fanatical. While there may be other cases to support JP's sainthood, this one is not it, and is a very bad idea indeed.