Announcement of John Paul II’s Beatification Not Imminent

Source: FSSPX News

“There is no imminent announcement. The procedure is long,” declared Fr. Lombardi, spokesman of the Vatican, on November 2, in response to a question put by the press concerning the information published in the Italian daily La Repubblica announcing the beatification of Karol Wojtyla in May 2010. He emphasized the progress of the process of beatification but also warned against any “excessive hastiness.”
On November 4, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See likewise stated that the information mentioning the beatification of the Polish pope for the spring 2010 were “based on no concrete decision made.” “The procedure of the cause (of beatification, Ed.) must still go through some stages,” he added. If the cause of Karol Wojtyla has probably always been presented before the commission of cardinals in charge of examining his dossier, a decree concerning the miracle attributed to John Paul II must still be approved by Benedict XVI.
The process of beatification of John Paul II had been requested by Benedict XVI on May 13, 2005, i.e. less than two months after the death of the Polish pope on April 2. It was an exceptionally brief lapse of time. Thus Benedict XIV had suspended the mandatory 5-year delay before the opening of a cause of beatification and of canonization. (DICI n° 205 - 11/19/2009 – Source: Imedia)