The Telegraph website in England reports today (March 6, 2010) that Pope John Paul II's path to sainthood could be delayed, after a Polish newspaper claimed that the woman he cured of Parkinson's in fact did not suffer from the disease.
The Polish-born Pope was credited with the miraculous recovery of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, which medical science regards as incurable.
The Polish daily newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" states that a doctor who scrutinized the 49-year-old nun's case concluded that she may have been suffering not from Parkinson's but from a nervous disorder from which temporary recovery is medically possible.
A validated miracle is required for John Paul to be beatified, with a second miracle required for his full sainthood. Pope John Paul II himself suffered from Parkinson's disease during the last several years of his papacy.