(quote) Bryan-7889 said: Anytime a lay person takes it upon themselves to interpret writings by the Church fathers, of which Blessed John Paul will certainly be counted, without training, without sanction, one must take their expoundings with a large salt lick.
Chris West has made a tidy career for himself, setting himself up as (rightfully or not) the authority on ToB. One always has to ask "To what purpose?"
When a distinguished commentator such as Dr. VonHildebrand questions it, who has the wisdom of age, study, and experience behind her (and her husband, RIP), I'd tend to err on the side of wisdom than PR.
When using the term "Church Fathers" we need to be careful.
In the classic meaning of the term, John Paul II will never be considered a "Church Father" because by definition the last "Church Father" died well before the year 600 AD.
When the term is used imprecisely to indicate either a great teacher or a great leader (or both) of the Church, then yes, John Paul II is definitely counted among them. More appropriately, after he is Canonized, he will probably be recognized as a "Doctor" of the Church. If not right away, at some relatively short time in the future.