Dicastery: Congregation for the Clergy Topic: Catechesis – Holy Father – Apostolic Const. Language: English Type: Documento. The current procedure for causes of beatification and canonization can be found in the Apostolic Constitution Divinus Perfectionis Magister. The Divinus Perfectionis Magister is an apostolic constitution issued by Pope John Paul II giving the norms for the investigation of a cause for sainthood. On the.
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The Path to Sainthood at a Glance
Finally, these norms were substantially incorporated into the Code of Canon Law promuldoord in To one he gave the responsibility of regulating divine Worship and to the other, that of dealing with the causes of saints; on that same occasion, he changed, somewhat, the procedure to be followed in these causes. Moreover, we wish that these Our statutes and rules should be, now and hereafter, binding and effective and, insofar as is necessary, we abrogate the Apostolic Constitutions and Regulations published by Our Predecessors and all other rules, including those which are worthy of special mention and derogation.
Saints may be publicly invoked and mentioned officially in the liturgy of the Church, especially in the Litany of the Saints.
The process begins at the diocesan level after at least five years have passed since the death of the candidate. magixter
If the Servant of God has issueed any writings, the Bishop is to watch to it that they are inspectd by theological censors. Churches may also be built in his or her honor.
This miracle must be attributable to the intercession of the Blessed and must have occurred after his or her beatification. English translation prepared by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. They are discussed in a meeting of experts in the case of healings, in a meeting perectionis physicianswhose votes and conclusions are set forth in an accurate report. He is to report the result of his examination in the ordinary meeting of the Congregation. Thus He gave perfectinis commandment to all His disciples to imitate the refineion of the priest and He sends upon all the Holy Spirit, who strength excite them from within to enjoy God with their complete listent and to enjoy one another as He Himself enjoyd them.
When the inquiries are magisster, a transcript of all the acts is to be sent in duplicate to the Sacred Congregation, together with a copy of the books of the Servant of God which were examined by the theological censors and their judgment as well.
From this point the one is referred to by the title of Venerable. Bringing clean water to Uganda, receiving faith in return. Lumen Gentiumn. If the investigation comes to a satisfactory conclusion, a second decree is promulgated that with the decree on heroic virtue grants the candidate the title of Blessed. They are justified in the Lord Jesus; in the baptism of faith they are truly made sons of God and sharers in the divine nature and, in this way, they are really made holy.
On the other hand, should an examination of witnesses be urgent lest proofs be lost, they must be questioned even though the examination of documents has not yet been completed. In individual causes the Sacred Congregation can turn over the positio for examination also to other learned men who are not included among the number of consultors.
The public reading and promulgation of the decree of beatification grants the candidate the title of Blessed. The Secretary is also assisted by an apt number of minor Officials. Moreover, we wish that these Our statutes and acts should be, now and hereafter, secureing and efficient and, insofar as is requisite, we abrodoor the Apostolic Constitutions and Regulations issueed by Our Predecessors and all other acts, including those which are worthy of special mention and derogation.
Therefore, after having given to all of His followers the precept to imitate the perfection of the Father, He sends the Holy Spirit upon all to stir them from within to love God with all their heart and to love one another as He has loved them.
However, since the advance of the historical sciences has very greatly increased in our time, it shows the need of providing the competent Congregation with a more fitting instrument of research so that it may better respond to the demands of critical art. In other words, it is not universally binding to the entire Church. Given at Rome, at St. The Causarum canonizationis instructiowhich Our predecessor, Sixtus V, entrusted to the Sacred Congregation of Rites which he himself established,  in the course of time has always been enlarged with new norms, especially by the work of Urban VIII,  which Prospero Lambertini later to be Benedict XIVwhile also collecting the experiences of times past, handed on to posterity in his work entitled, De Servorum Dei beatificatione et de Beatorum canonizatione.
Immensa Aeterni Dei, diei 22 ianuarii As the Second Vatican Council teaches, the followers of Christ, called and justified in the Lord Jesus not according to their works but according to His own purpose and grace, through baptism sought in faith truly become sons of God and sharers in the divine nature, and thus truly holy. The miracle must be proven through another canonical investigation in a procedure that is comparable with that required for heroic virtues.
Investigation of alleged miracles must be carried out separately from the investigation regarding virtues or martyrdom. When the investigations have been completed, a certified copy of all the acts in duplicate is to be sent to the Sacred Congregation together with a copy of the books of the Servant of God which were examined by the theologian-censors and their judgment on them.
If, from what has been done so far, the bishop prudently judges that the matter can proceed to further steps, he should see to it that the witnesses brought in by the postulator, and others summoned by virtue of his office, be duly examined. Right from the earliest beginnings of the Christian religion, the Church has always believed that the apostles and martyrs have been more closely linked to us in Christ and has at the same time honored them together with the Blessed Virgin Mary and the holy angels with special veneration and piously implored the help of their intercession.
The positio together with the written opinions of the history consultors as well as new explanations by the relator, if any are necessary shall be handed over to the theologian-consultors who will give their opinion on the merits of the cause. These norms, finally, were substantially incorporated into the Code of Canon Law which was published in If the majority of the theologians are in favor, the cause is passed on for examination by cardinals and bishops who are members of the Congregation.
He will take part in the meetings of the physicians and of the theologians. Some are to be proficients in historic matters and others in theology, particularly in spiritual theology. If the writings have been found to contain nothing contrary to faith and good morals, then the Bishop should order persons qualified for this task to collect other unpublished writings letters, diaries, etc. The Relator assobed to this task is to prepare a Position on alleged miracles.
Additionally, all documents regarding the candidate must be gathered for review.
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The divunus votes of the theological Consultors, together with the written conclusions of the Promotor of the Faith, are submitted to the judgment of the Cardinals and Bishops.
To one he gave the responsibility of regulating divine Worship and to the other, that of dealing with the produces of saints; on that same occasion, he csuspended, somewhat, the procedure to be folmeaned in these produces. Before everything else, the undersecretary thoroughly examines whether, in the investigations conducted by the bishop, everything set down in the law has magistwr observed and he will make a report on the results of nagister examination in the ordinary assembly.
Among these persons God, at one time or another, chooses some who, following the example of Christ more closely, render outstanding witness of the kingdom of heaven by the pouring out of their blood or by the heroic practice of virtues.
The investigation into alleged miracles is to be conducted segregately from the investigation into goodnesss or martyrdom. It belongs to the same Congregation to issue decisions on all magisteg which refer to the authenticity and conservation of relics.
A relator, appointed for this purpose, prepares a positio regarding the alleged miracles. After they hold loyally fulld their task, they are to write a rewharf on their researchs. The inquiry into alleged miracles is to be conducted separately from the inquiry into virtues or martyrdom. In all times, God chooses from these many perfectiojis, folmeaning more confidentially the instance of Christ, accord notorious quizimony to the Kingdom of sky by shedding divius blood or by the heroic convention of goodnesss.