Saints aren't perfect...

No one knows that better than the folks in New Orleans, and they knew it even before Saturday night's "dispiriting" loss--to the Cowboys of all teams. Still, it's tough to accept. I did think the Saints were looking less-than-inevitable for a couple weeks now, but since my Giants have no defense and no shot, I'd love to see the Saints march it in.Still, a better bet would be on popes Pius XII and John Paul II, who have been cleared for the first of three steps to formal sainthood. The declaration of the heroic virtue of JP2 was no surprise, but that of P12 was, as John Thavis reports on the CNS blog.The pairing of popes on the canonization track seems to be a trend--in 2000 it was Pius IX and John XXIII.Alas, the NFL has no such provision...

David Gibson is a national reporter for Religion News Service and author of The Coming Catholic Church (HarperOne) and The Rule of Benedict (HarperOne). He blogs at dotCommonweal.

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