Cause for Beatification of John Paul II Officially Opened

Benedict waives the five year period and moves right to Beatification…On the annivesary of the day he was nearly martyred in 1981…Feast of Our Lady of Fatima…I’m betting he’ll be Beatified next year on this date and eventually it’ll probably be his Feast day as well–given that he died during the Easter season.

From Vatican Information Service:

Benedict XVI today announced the opening of the cause of beatification of John Paul II, waiving the normal waiting period of five years after the death of a Servant of God. The Pope made the announcement in the course of a meeting with the Roman clergy in the basilica of St. John Lateran.

The Latin:

Instante Em.mo ac Rev.mo Domino D. Camillo S.R.E. Cardinali Ruini, Vicario Generali Suae Sanctitatis pro Dioecesi Romana, Summus Pontifex BENEDICTUS XVI, attentis peculiaribus expositis adiunctis, in audentia eidem Cardinali Vicario Generali die 28 mensis Aprilis huius anni 2005 concessa, dispensavit a tempore quinque annorum exspectationis post mortem Servi Dei Ioannis Pauli II (Caroli Wojtyla), Summi Pontificis, ita ut causa Beatificationis et Canonizationis eiusdem Servi Dei statim incipi posset. Contrariis non obstantibus quibuslibet.

Datum Romae, ex aedibus huius Congregationis de Causis Sanctorum, die 9 mensis Maii A.D. 2005.

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One Response

  1. I’ll take you up on that bet. Don’t think it’ll be that quick.

    The process still has to go through. People to fill out questionaires, then to be interviewed, writings to review, lots and lots of writings to review.

    That all has to be done before he can even be made venerable, let alone blessed. One year to be made venerable is a stretch, but plausible. Beatified that quickly? Not plausible. The sheer volume of reviewing his very public life is likely to slow it down some.

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