Congregation for Causes of Saints Issues New Instructions
(18 Feb 08-RV) The Congregation for the Causes of Saints today released an instruction
dealing with the first step in causes for beatification. The document entitled
“Santorum Mater” was presented on Monday at the Holy See press office by Prefect of
the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins.
is a hundred page instruction booklet divided into 6 parts on the norms governing
the causes for beatification.
The document says Cardinal Martin’s asks that
Diocean Committees of Enquiry be more rigorous when deciding to open the process for
beatification and investigating eventual miracles.
During the course of the
press conference Cardinal Martins also spoke about the process of beatification for
Pope John Paul II which was begun before the normal five year waiting period following
He went on to say that there would be no further acceleration to Pope
John Paul II’s cause for beatification and that he would not be proclaimed blessed
on the 3rd anniversary of his death on April.
The cause for the
Beatification of Pope Pius 12th, said the Cardinal had not been completed and he also
mentioned that the cause of the Bishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero who was killed
in Church 28 years ago was being studied and looked at as a cause for Martyrdom.
the nearly 3 years since the start of Pope Benedict 16th pontificate he has created
577 Blessed and Saints a third of the total created by Pope John Paul 11 during his
27 year pontificate.