Skip to content

Postulator of Sainthood Cause says John Paul II's Beatification Process in Crucial Phase

By
10/9/2010 (6 years ago)
Catholic News Agency (www.catholicnewsagency.com)

Father Slawomir Oder said the process is moving into the miracle stage

Father Slawomir Oder said the process "has not been blocked" as some media reports have indicated. "The only thing I can say is that the canonical process must continue.We have reached the end of the first phase which deals with his heroism and virtues, and now we must initiate the process dealing with miracles. When it is finished, the Church will be able to lay out the process for his beatification"

Immediately after his passing to the Father the faithful called for the canonization of Pope John Paul II

Immediately after his passing to the Father the faithful called for the canonization of Pope John Paul II

Highlights

By
Catholic News Agency (www.catholicnewsagency.com)
10/9/2010 (6 years ago)

Published in Christian Saints & Heroes

Keywords: JohnPaulII, sainthood, canonization, pope, miracle, holiness


P>MADRID, Spain (CNA) - During a visit to Spain this week, the postulator of Pope John Paul II's cause for beatification noted that the process is currently at a crucial moment as miracles attributed to the late pontiff's intercession are being investigated.

In an interview with the newspaper La Razon, Father Slawomir Oder said the process "has not been blocked" as some media reports have indicated. "The only thing I can say is that the canonical process must continue," he said.

"We have reached the end of the first phase which deals with his heroism and virtues, and now we must initiate the process dealing with miracles. When it is finished, the Church will be able to lay out the process for his beatification," the priest said.

Fr. Oder was visiting Spain to promote his new book, "Why He is a Saint." The priest has been John Paul II's postulator since 2005 and was a personal friend of the revered Pontiff. 

"There are two paths to sainthood," the priest explained. "One is through martyrdom," and the other - the path John Paul II followed - is through "heroism of virtues, how that person lived.  There must be the conviction that the person was a man of God and that opinion must be shared by most, expressed by the voice of the people that he lived in holiness.

"From there, a study on his life is carried out and his virtues are identified: faith, hope, charity, obedience, purity, humility."

Fr. Oder recalled that he was always impressed by the pastoral dimension of John Paul II more than by his role in the politics of his time. "He always acted like who he was: a pastor concerned for his faithful. John Paul II was able to speak to the masses as if he was personally speaking to each person listening.  He had great charism and ability to communicate," the priest said.

He also confirmed that Pope John Paul II put in writing that he would resign as Pope if he were to be physically incapable of continuing, "in an exercise of prudence and responsibility.  In this way he renewed his acceptance of the will of God and his total openness to Christ and to the Church."

However, Fr. Oder noted, John Paul II "maintained his clarity and his ability to discern until the end."

---

Founded in continued response to Pope John Paul IIs call for a New Evangelization, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) has been, since 2004, one of the fastest growing Catholic news providers to the English speaking world.


Comments


More Christian Saints & Heroes

The Assumption of Mary

Image of

Why is the Assumption important? First, lets look at what this dogma is all about. On 1 November, 1950, Pope Pius XII issued the Apostolic ... continue reading


FEAST: St. Dominic and the Order of Preachers Watch

Image of St. Dominic: In his conversations and letters he often urged the brothers of the Order to study constantly the Old and New Testaments. He always carried with him the gospel according to Matthew and the epistles of Paul, and so well did he study them that he almost knew them from memory.

Today we honor Dominic. As the thirteenth century began, great errors were deceiving many of the faithful in the south of France. ... continue reading


Today is the feast of St. Dominic, but it's not such a big deal for Dominicans. Why not? Watch

Image of St. Dominic has a more important day on May 24.

Tuesday marks the Feast Day of St. Dominic, the 13th century priest known for founding the Order of Preachers, commonly called the ... continue reading


Cause for canonization opened for Filipino Jesuit who traded his life for that of his attacker Watch

Image of Richie Fernando died protecting his attacker.

Brother Richie Fernando was a 26 year-old Jesuit seminarian from the Philippines when in 1996 he died protecting his Cambodian students ... continue reading


Pope Francis will beatify two martyrs during visit to Colombia Watch

Image of Pope Francis will beatify two martyrs when he visits Colombia.

During his six-day visit to Colombia in September, Pope Francis will beatify martyrs Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve and Fr. Pedro ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.