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Posted on 12/19/2009 5:53:51 AM PST by NYer
VATICAN CITY Pope Benedict XVI has moved Pope John Paul II one step closer to possible beatification, the milestone before sainthood.
Benedict on Saturday approved a decree attesting to John Paul's heroic virtues. Benedict still must sign off on a miracle attributed to John Paul's intercession before the late pope can be beatified.
Benedict put the Polish pontiff on the fast track for sainthood just weeks after his April 2, 2005 death, waiving the customary five-year waiting period and allowing the investigation into John Paul's virtues to begin immediately.
Benedict also approved a decree on the heroic virtues of Pope Pius XII, despite opposition from Jews who say the World War II-era pope didn't do enough to stop the Holocaust.
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Today's novus ordo mass resembles the 'service' in the UMC. His successor's time is running out, yet he does nothing.
Today, 19 December 2009, the Holy Father Benedict XVI received in private audience by HE Archbishop Angelo Amato, SDB, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During an audience the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decrees concerning:
- A miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus Sołtys called Kazimierczyk, professed priest of the Order of the Canons Regular of the Lateran, born September 27, 1433 in Kazimierz (Poland) and died there May 3, 1489;
- A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Andrew Bessette (born Alfredo), professed religious of the Congregation of Holy Cross, born in Saint-Grégoire d'Iberville (Canada) on August 9 1845 and died in Montreal (Canada) January 6, 1937;
- A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Mary MacKillop Cross (born: Maria Elena), foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, born January 15, 1842 in Fitzroy (Australia) and died on 8 August 1909 in Sydney (Australia);
- A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Giulia Salzano, foundress of the Congregation of the Catechist Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, born October 13, 1846 in Santa Maria Capua Vetere (Italy) and died May 17, 1929 at Casoria (Italy);
- A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Battista da Varano (born Camilla), professed nun of the Order of St. Clare and founder of the Monastery of Santa Chiara in the town of Camerino, born April 9, 1458 in Camerino (Italy) and died there May 31, 1524;
- A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Joseph Tous y Soler, professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and Founder of the Congregation of the Capuchin Sisters of Mother of the Divine Shepherd, born March 31, 1811 in Igualada (Spain) and died February 27, 1871 in Barcelona (Spain);
- A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God by Alpandeire Leopoldo Sánchez Márquez (born: Francis), a professed layman of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins, born July 24, 1866 at Alpandeire (Spain) and died February 9 1956 in Granada (Spain);
- A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Emmanuel Lozano Garrido, Lay, born August 9, 1920 in Linares (Spain) and died there November 3, 1971;
- A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Teresa Manganiello, secular, of the Third Order of St. Francis, born in Montefusco (Italy) January 1, 1849 and died there November 4, 1876;
- A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Chiara Badano, laity, born in Sassello (Italy) October 29, 1971 and died there October 7, 1990;
- The martyrdom of the Servant of God George Popiełuszko, diocesan priest, born September 14, 1947 at Okopy Suchowola (Poland) and killed in hatred of the Faith October 20 1984 near Wloclawek (Poland);
- The heroic virtues of Blessed James Illyricum from Bitetto, professed layman of the Order of Friars Minor, born in 1400 in Zadar (Dalmatia) and died around the year 1496 in Bitetto (Italy);
- The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli), the Supreme Pontiff, born in Rome on March 2, 1876 and died at Castel Gandolfo, October 9, 1958;
- The heroic virtues of Servant of God John Paul II (Wojtyla Carlo), the Supreme Pontiff, born May 18, 1920 in Wadowice (Poland) and died in Rome on 2 April 2005;
- The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Luigi Brisson, Priest and Founder of the Oblates and the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales, born June 23, 1817 at Plancy (France) and died there February 2, 1908;
- The heroic virtues of Servant of God Joseph Quadrio, professed priest of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco, born November 28, 1921 at Vervio (Italy) and died in Turin (Italy) October 23, 1963;
- The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Ward (born Giovanna), foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, now the Congregation of Jesus, born in Mulwith (England) January 23, 1585 and died in Hewarth (England) January 30, 1645;
- The heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Antonia Maria Verna, foundress of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception of Ivrea said, born in Pasquaro of Rivarolo (Italy) June 12, 1773 and died there December 25, 1838;
- The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Chiara Serafina Farolfi of Jesus (in the world: Francesca), founder of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Poor Clares Ss.mo Sacramento, born October 7, 1853 in Tossignano (Italy) and died on June 18, 1917 Badia di Bertinoro (Italy);
- The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Enrico Alfieri (born: Maria Angela), sisters of the Congregation of the professed Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida Thouret; born February 23, 1891 at Borgovercelli (Italy) and died in Milan (Italy) November 23, 1951;
- The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Junius Tinarelli, Lay, Managing Partner of the Pious Union Primary Silent Workers of the Cross, born in Terni (Italy) on 27 May 1912 and died there January 14, 1956.
FATIMA, Portugal (CWNews.com) May 13, 2000 — Pope John Paul II has made public the famous “third secret” of Fatima.
The secret involves a vision of an assassination attempt on a Pope— a vision that matches the attempted killing of Pope John Paul II himself on May 13,1981.
The Holy Father, who was in Fatima on May 13 for the beatification of two of the three children to whom the Virgin Mary appeared in 1917, asked Cardinal Angelo Sodano to read a message to the congregation at the end of the beatification ceremonies. That message, delivered in Portuguese, explained the third secret in general terms.
Cardinal Sodano announced that the complete text of the third secret would soon be made available by the Vatican, together with a commentary produced by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The third secret of Fatima has been the subject of intense speculation among Catholics. The exact content of that message had been known only to the Pope, his predecessors, and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The secret details a vision of a “bishop dressed in white” who is caught up in a battle against an atheistic system that oppresses the Church. That bishop “falls to the ground, as if dead, after a volley of gunfire.” Sister Lucia, the sole surviving Fatima seer, has confirmed that the “bishop dressed in white” is the Pope.
How easy to sit on the sidelines and play the judge. Ignore the encyclicals, the Wednesday audience catechesis, etc. Let's also ignore any of his accomplishments John Paul II Helped Topple Berlin Wall. To heck with the millions of youth who traveled from all parts of the globe to World Youth Day, drew inspiration from this pope and have answered his call to serve God in religious life. Let's just judge him by what he failed to accomplish, "in our view".
>>His successor’s time is running out, yet he does nothing. <<
I think you are mistaken.
JPII, although I am no fan of the way he handled things, DID bring the TLM back and stated that it was allowed (to much chagrin).
B16 has cleaned the “progressives” out of the seminaries and pushed for Latin in the Liturgy.
After the sweeping changes initiated by VII (or rather usurped by VII), sweeping changes back would sweep more Catholics away.
Actually, EWTN did more for us than either Pope. Mother Angelica and the HOLY mass, told Catholics like us, that there is an Novus Ordo with reverence.
And please understand, of our seven Holy Masses on the weekends, we have a TLM and kneel for communion. I want the reverence in my Mass.
A reason for the spread of secular humanism can be laid at the Vatican’s front gate. I haven’t sat on the sidelines I’ve read the encyclicals of both JP and our current pontiff and concluded that the same newspeak flows out of the current White House.
There has to be a reason why congregants keep chattering loudly upon entering what today passes for a sanctuary. And where is the tabernacle? Often it's hidden away in a side room.
Lay distributors place the Host in the hands. I've watched some carry the host back to the pews and I wonder 'do they take them home?'
How can a thinking, history understanding Roman Catholic believe the errors and sacrilege ensuing after Vatican II were healthy needed change? Jesus is foreever and never changes. Why change His Church on earth? Wht join the Modernists?
Thank you for making that point!!!
This is a very real problem and one our diocese will confront in another 4 years when our progressive bishop of 35+ years, is replaced. He has used those years to remodel the diocese after the VCII 'progressive' interpretation. During this time, many young candidates for the priesthood were turned away because they did not share his 'vision' of eventually having women priests. As a result, the number of priests here is at an all time low with many of them preparing to retire. I know one 89 y/o priest who still volunteers to say Mass.
The next bishop will have to gradually restore the diocese. Many of our churches have been closed and sold. Some of the combined parishes are now run by lay people. Any sudden or radical approach will result in the loss of those remaining Catholics.
This destruction was not the work of the council but that of one man who exercised his right as bishop to interpret council documents to suit his views. The secularism of society began well before Vatican Council II. Today, it is only the Catholic Church that has taken a hard line stance against many of the ills in society. One is reminded of the dream of St. John Bosco.
Interesting that you seem to think you know better than the Pope, the entire Teaching Magisterium and the ordained hierarchy of the Church...
Sedevacantism tends to do that.
It’s interesting that many observers seem to think “heroic virtue” means “did exactly what *I* think is best at every point.” I don’t think that’s what the Congregation for Saints is using as a guideline ... at least, they didn’t phone me to discuss either Pope’s possible sanctity ...
Yes, it does. I understand their frustrations but they seem not to have been very well instructed in the Faith, particularly in Catholic spirituality. Legalism is usually based upon pride. It’s insidious....
What exactly is your opinion of the Church today as opposed to say 50 years ago?
Actually, I believe I should do what Catholic spirituality has always instructed me to do (even 50 years ago):
1. Make regular use of the great sacramental graces offered to me
2. Work faithfully on improving my relationship with God through prayer, retreats, practicing the virtues, etc.
3. Make frequent use of Confession (having a regular spiritual director would be best)
4. Study the Church Teachings; Read works that instruct and are in accord with the Teaching Magisterium. It is especially important to ask God to guide you in understanding those Teachings of the Church that you have a problem with. He is faithful to provide understanding! ;-)
5. Submit to the Authority of the Church (what all the great Saints have done, even when they had differing opinions); You do this as to God Himself....HE will take care of everything.
6. Serve the Church in active ways (RCIA, Adult/Children’s Religious Education, Right-to-Life Committees, Knights of Columbus, Parish Council...as you are led by the Holy Spirit); Service to those poor in Spirit or materially poor should be included here as well.
7. Pray without ceasing....especially for the Church. Pray for the removal of those who wrongly teach, etc...it works!)
Very good news!
I wonder if the timing of this might be to cut down the amount of negative press that seemingly surrounds any mention of Ven. Pius XII by hiding it somewhat in the shadow of Ven. John Paul II.
Also, my Australian friends will be happy to hear they will have their first canonized Saint soon.
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