Canonization process of John Paul II

Source: FSSPX News


Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow and former private secretary of John Paul II, declared to the Polish daily Dziennik and Polskie Radio, on March 15 last: “We do not want to impose anything upon the pope, but it is true that we wish to go directly to the canonization process. Beatification only grants a local celebration in some dioceses or in an ecclesiastical province. It is difficult to speak in terms of local celebrations when dealing with the person of John Paul II.”

On April 2, the cardinal specified to I.Media agency that all must be done “according to the rules of the Catholic Church, without haste,” in the process of beatification and canonization of Karol Wojtyla, who died on April 2,2005, so that “we may not be accused afterwards of having done things badly.”

We recall that Benedict XVI had given a dispensation from the obligatory 5-year delay prior to the opening of a beatification process. The inexplicable healing of a French Sister, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre of the Little Sisters of Catholic Maternities, was considered as “miraculous” in the process of beatification of the pope. The case was “significant”, because she was suffering from Parkinson’s disease,” continued the Cardinal.

Mgr. Slamowir Oder, the postulator for the beatification cause of John Paul II, went to the diocese in which the Sister was cured from Parkinson disease, in 2005, after Sisters from her Congregation had prayed to John Paul II, who had died on April 2 of the same year. “Certainly, for the time being, we cannot speak of a miracle, since we are in the process of concluding the diocesan inquiry concerning the case of the French Sister,” he had said on March 20 last. But, after the end of the process, “the bishop in charge of investigating the case will probably allow the disclosure of more detailed information concerning the case.” “I cannot say much more about this Sister. You must be a little patient. I can say that she is about 45 years old, and that she was cured two months after the death of the pope. It was a sudden cure. All the signs of Parkinson’s Disease disappeared there and then. The disease was so serious that she had asked to be relieved of her duties. Her cure was immediate, and she was able to resume her work.” Mgr. Oder added that the existence of other “very interesting” miraculous cases where currently being studied in Italy, and South America: “I am waiting for medical documentation on these cases which could be submitted to preliminary evaluation by physicians.” Of course “it is not possible to set a date for the beatification, much less for the canonization,” “this is not the postulator’s duty to propose hypotheses on the possibility of modifying the traditional course of a canonical process which is sanctioned by the practice of the Congregation for the Cause of the Saints,” recalled the postulator.

At the request of Benedict XVI, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, proceeded to open the process less than three months after the death of the Polish pope. The inquiry, conducted at first in Krakow, the diocese from which Karol Wojtyla originated, was closed on April 2, 2006. Afterwards, the diocesan inquiry in Rome was closed on April 2, 2007. Presided over by Cardinal Ruini, Vicar of Rome, the closing ceremony made possible the official transfer of the process to the Congregation for the Cause of the Saints, in charge of investigating the case.

Last April 2, Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of the Saints, explained to the Italian daily La Stampa, that the deceased pope himself would have wished for a very careful process, “so that in 10, 20 or 100 years from now, someone who would like to know who Karol Wojtyla really was, could search the archives and find all the documents necessary to a full understanding of his greatness.” “We cannot know whether he will be declared blessed, neither can we honestly anticipate it, because it does not depend upon us.” “When documentation arrives,” specified the cardinal, “the postulator, under the direction of a reporter must elaborate the positio, the document which synthesizes all the testimonies gathered during the diocesan inquiry, and which will then be submitted to a commission of theologians. They must consider whether the candidate practiced Christian virtues in his daily life, not in a mediocre way, but truly heroically.”