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Dissenters voice doubt over John Paul II sainthood

Published on Apr 22, 2014 1:15 PM

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - A much-loved pope will be declared a saint on Sunday but not everyone in the Catholic Church agrees.

John Paul II also alienated many left-wing Catholics and has been blamed for hushing up child sex crimes.

"Not all the people of God agree about canonisation," the International Movement We Are Church said in a statement ahead of the canonisation ceremony in St Peter's for John Paul II and his Italian predecessor John XXIII.

The group accused the late pope of "spiritual authoritarianism" and of putting too much emphasis on "hierarchical control" - two traits it said left little room for victims and investigations of abuses.

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