Cause of beatification in view for John-Paul I

Source: FSSPX News


The bishop of Belluno-Feltre, in northern Italy, has officially announced the opening of the cause for the beatification of pope John-Paul I (1912-1978) next September. Predecessor of John-Paul II, Albino Luciani died 33 days after his election to the See of Peter, September 28 1978.

Normally, the diocesan process is initiated in the place where the future saint died, in this case Rome. However, Mgr Savio received a derogation from the Vatican to open the cause in the native diocese of the pope. One will note right away the irregularities. We can only hope this will be the last in a cause which, if it is undertaken seriously, could shed a little light on a sudden death which was, to say the least, bizarre. One will recall that at the time, the Vatican had refused an autopsy, even though the pope did not show any sign that would indicate such an end.

But what is more important, it will be necessary to explain how one can nominate for the honors of the altar a pope who, while still a bishop, was in favor of legitimizing the pill and said so in a consultation with pope Paul VI who was about to write his encyclical Humanae Vitae.