Monday, March 29, 2010

Rumor Has It...

... "that they have approved the miracle, and Ven. John Paul II will be beatified in April."

"No, rumor has it that the Ven. John Paul II will be beatified in October..."

The rumors are only that: rumors. The process for the recognition of a miracle is more complicated. First the local diocese has to investigate, which Aix and Arles in France did in regard to Sr. Marie Simon. They submitted the report of their Process "Super Miro" to the Postulator, who then submitted it to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. But the congregation doesn't look at supposed miracles until a declaration of heroic virtue is issued by the Holy Father. 

And that process begins with the Postulator writing a "Positio" or "position," which gets submitted to a committee of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. After the committee decides to accept the "Positio" it moves on to the vote of the entire Congregation. When they have approved the "Positio", they ask the Holy Father to issue the decree of heroic virtue, declaring that the Servant of God is indeed "venerable." That happened for JPII this past December. 

Now the supposed miracle submitted to the Postulator by the Diocese of Aix and Arles goes through a similar process. A certain committee in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has to approve it, submit it to the vote of the entire Congregation and then the Congregation presents it to His Holiness for his final decision. When the Holy Father signs the approval of the miracle, we will know because Vatican Information Service will issue a press release with the news of the Holy Father signing various decrees recognizing miracles. 

He just did that Saturday (March 27th) and the miracle attributed to John Paul II was not among them. Even if it were, a beatification would not be scheduled so soon after the signing of the recognition of the miracle. It would be scheduled at least 6 months later as that amount of time to plan for the event would be necessary. 

So there is no way the rumor that John Paul II is going to be beatified in April is true, and unless the Holy Father signs more decrees from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in April, it does not look like the rumor that John Paul II will be beatified in October holds any water either.

The thing to remember is that there are thousands upon thousands of causes open and under investigation, and the number of people working on the committee in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints can be counted on one hand. So, they will get to the miracle attributed to JPII when they get to it. And when they do get to it, it will not be signed by the Holy Father until everyone has had their say. We just need to be patient.

Once a recognition of a miracle attributed to John Paul II is signed by the Holy Father, please be sure to add six months to a year to that date for all your rumors about when John Paul II's beatification will take place.


Scelata said...

God bless you, congratulations, and thank you, from the bottom of my Catholic lay heart.
I read on another blog that you were ordained today.

God grant you many productive years, toiling in His vineyard!

(Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

Kepharocks said...

Hello, I was just checking on you. I like your article on JP II's beatification. Have you been ordained as a Priest yet? Know, that you are in my daily prayers.

madyjojjef said...

thanks for John Paul II, im looking for such kind of article..
God Bless You!

LordLuvU said...

Just curious, what miracle was credited to John Paul II? The Lord bless and keep you.

Fr. Christopher Gaffrey, ofm said...

LordLuvU, the purported miracle was the sudden disappearance of any sign of Parkinson's disease in a French nun, whose community had been praying for her healing through the intercession of the Servant of God John Paul II.