Pope demands more Rigor in Choice of Future Beatifications

Source: FSSPX News


Pope Benedict XVI desires more rigor on the part of local bishops in the choice of cases of future beatifications in the Catholic Church, declared Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, to the Osservatore Romano.

On January 8, the Portuguese cardinal announced the imminent publication of a 20-page instruction “destined to all resident bishops” and which would specify how to deal with the requests sent by their faithful for the opening of a beatification process. Indeed, the beatification process begins with a diocesan phase followed by the transfer of the dossier to the Vatican where it is for the pope to give his consent to the proclamation of a new blessed.

It is a matter of “advising local bishops to use more sobriety, and  more rigor in receiving requests for the opening of new diocesan process,” in order to better “reflect the new spirit introduced by Pope Benedict in the canonisation process. First, we must  specify that these are very significant innovations which will highlight the theology of the local Church, as it was effectively reaffirmed at the Second Vatican Council. The beatification of a servant of God in his/her own  Church, is something that the whole community lives in a climate of faith, which turns into joy and ecclesial celebrations at  his/her  being raised to the honor of the altars.”

At the beginning of his pontificate, Benedict XVI decided that the solemn proclamation of beatification would henceforth take place in their original diocese and no longer at the Vatican, as  was customary during the pontificate of John Paul II.

Furthermore, Cardinal Saraiva Martins announced that the beatification process of the Guérin spouses, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux was about to reach its conclusion. (Sources: AFP/ Osservatore Romano)