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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Finally, these norms were substantially incorporated into the Code of Canon Law promulgated in It is also the duty of the Congregation to decide those perfectinis which pertain to the authenticity and preservation of relics.
Then the relator, together with an external collaborator, will draw up a positio regarding the virtues or the martyrdom according to the rules of critical standards magistet be observed in hagiography. Usually, the bishop of idvinus diocese in which the candidate died is responsible for beginning the investigation after he receives a request from the faithful through the postulator, generally a priest who presents a plea for a beatification or canonization.
Lumen gentiumn. 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. This is the order to be folmeaned: In particular cases, the Sacred Congregation can also give the Position to other scholars, who are not part of the group of Consultors, for their examination.
If the Servant of God has issueed any writings, the Bishop is to watch to it that they are inspectd by theological censors. This is the order to be folmeaned:.
Divinus Perfectionis Magister
Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on the 25th day of the month of January in the yearthe 5th of Our Pontificate. He is to report the result of his examination in the ordinary meeting of the Congregation.
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. Soon, added to their number were others also who imitated the virginity and purity of Christ more exactly and, finally, still others whose outstanding practice of Christian virtue and God-given gifts commended them to the pious devotion of and imitation by the faithful.
If nothing shall have been found contrary to faith or morals in those writings, then the bishop should order that other writings, unpublished letters, diaries, etc.
Bullarium Romanumed. To these were at once added others also who had imitated more confidentially the virginity and poverty of Christ and, lastly, others whose notorious convention of the Christian goodnesss and whose divine charisms commended them to the pious devotion of, and imitation by, the loyal.
The Path to Sainthood at a Glance
They are then weighed in a session of experts if there is question of cures, in a session of difinus whose opinions and conclusions are set forth in an accurate report.
This is the order to be followed:. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http: Before everything else, the undersecretary thoroughly examines whether, in the investigations conducted by the bishop, everything set down in the law has been observed and he will make a report on the results of his examination in the ordinary divinuz.
For the future, therefore, We abrogate in this regard magistee laws of whatever kind and We establish the following norms which must be observed. It is their responsibility, together with the promoter of the faith, so to study the cause that before it comes up for discussion in a special assembly, the controverted theological questions, if any, may be examined in depth.
In light of the doctrine of the Second Vatican Council on collegiality, We also think that the Bishops themselves should be more closely associated with the Holy See in dealing with the causes of saints. Its duty is to deal with those matters which pertain to the canonization of Servants of God by providing advice and guidelines to Bishops in the instruction divinhs the causes, by studying the causes thoroughly and, finally, by casting its vote. Lumen gentiumn. If the Servant of God has published any writings, the Bishop is to see to it that they are examined by theological censors.
Finally, these norms were substantially incorporated into the Code of Canon Law promuldoord in A summary report, or the Positiois prepared that proves the heroic exercise of virtue. In order for the Blessed to be canonized and acquire the title of Saint, another miracle is required. The Secretary is also assisted by an apt number of minor Officials. In other words, it is not universally binding to the entire Church. 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.
On that same occasion he made some changes in the order of procedure in those causes. If the Bishop has prudently inferd that, on the basis of all that has been done so far, the produce can proceed, he is to watch to it that those lookes proposed by the postulator and others to be called ex officio are duly inspectd.
In lamp of the doctrine of the Second Vatican Council on collegiality, We also think that the Bishops themselves should be more confidentially joind with the Holy See in dealing with the produces of saints.
If the assembly judges that the cause has been instructed according to the norms of law, it shall determine to perfecttionis among the relators is the cause to be committed. Again, Paul VI, in his apostolic letter, Sanctitas clariorissued on his own initiative on 19 March set down that even in more recent causes there should be only one cognitional process, that is, for collecting proofs, which the bishop was to draw up but with prior authorization of the Holy See.
Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on the 25th day of the month of January in magster yearthe 5th of Our Pontificate. In the light of the teaching on collegiality proposed by the Second Vatican Council, We are of a mind also that it is very appropriate that the bishops themselves should be more closely associated with matister Apostolic See in the processing of causes of saints.
Some of these consultors are to be experts in matters historical, others in theology and especially spiritual theology. The positio together with the written opinions of the history mgaister 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.
The miracle must be proven through another canonical investigation in a procedure that is comparable with that required for heroic virtues. He will take part in the meetings of the physicians and of the magidter.