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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He is to rewharf the result of his test in the ordinary meeting of the Congregation. The instruction of diivnus of canonization, which Our Predecessor Sixtus V entrusted to the Congregation of Sacred Rites, which he himself had established, 3 was, with the passage of time, always improved by new norms.

They are then weighed in a session of experts if there is question of cures, in a session of doctors whose opinions and conclusions are set forth in an accurate report. If the meeting judges that the cause was conducted according to the norms of law, it decides to which Relator the cause is perfectuonis be assigned; the Relator, then, together with a collaborator from outside the Congregation, will prepare the Position on virtues or on martyrdom according to dviinus rules of critical hagiography.

If the candidate was not a martyr but rather a confessor who died peacefully after a life of heroic virtue, a miracle attributed to the Servant of God verified after his or her death is necessary.

Next, the miracles must be discussed in maguster special assembly of theologians and, finally, in an assembly of cardinals and bishops.

Divinus Perfectionis Magister (January 25, ) | John Paul II

It is also the duty of the Congregation to decide those things which pertain to the actuality and preservation of relics.

For the future, therefore, We abrogate in this regard all laws of whatever kind and We establish the following norms which must be observed. When we consider the life of those who have faithfully followed Christ, we are inspired with a new reason to seek the City that is to come and we are most safely taught the path by which, amid the changing things of this world and in keeping with the state in life and condition proper to each of us, we can arrive at that perfect union with Christ, which is holiness.


In the Apostolic Letter Sanctitas clarior, given motu proprio on March 19,7 Paul VI established that even in recent causes there would be only one cognitional process for gathering proofs, which the Bishop conducts with previous permission, nevertheless, from the Holy See. 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.

The Path to Sainthood at a Glance | Catholic Life – The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse

Bullarium Romanumed. Some are to be experts in historical matters and others in theology, particularly in spiritual theology.

This work remained the magistter at the Sacred Congregation of Rites for almost two centuries. The Divine Teacher and Model of Perfection, Christ Jesus, who together with the Father and the Holy Spirit is proclaimed as “alone holy”, loved the Church as His bride and delivered Himself up for her so that He might sanctify her and make her prefectionis in His sight. As the Second Vatican Council teaches, the followers of Christ, called and justified in the Lord Jesus not according to their works but according to His own purpose and grace, through baptism sought in faith truly perrfectionis sons of God and sharers in the divine nature, and thus truly holy.

Then the miracles are to be discussed in the special meeting of the theologians and, finally, in that of the Cardinals and Bishops.

This is the order to be folmeaned: In all times, God chooses from these many who, following more closely the example of Christ, give outstanding testimony to the Kingdom of heaven by shedding their blood or by the heroic practice of virtues. If, from what has been done so far, the bishop prudently judges that the matter can proceed to further steps, he should see to it that the witnesses brought in by the postulator, and others summoned by virtue of his office, be duly examined. Moreover, we wish that these Our statutes and rules should be, now and hereafter, binding and effective and, insofar as is necessary, we abrogate the Apostolic Constitutions and Regulations published by Our Predecessors and all other rules, including those which are worthy of special mention and derogation.


The Path to Sainthood at a Glance

Usually, the bishop of the 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.

On the other hand, should an examination of witnesses be urgent lest proofs be lost, they must be questioned even though the examination of documents has not yet been completed. This is the order to be followed: 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.

This is the order to be followed:. Therefore, having abrogated all laws of any kind which pertain to this matter, we establish that these following norms are henceforth to be observed.

Decreta servanda in beatificatione perfectilnis canonizatione Sanctorum, diei 12 martii The miracle must be proven through another canonical investigation in a procedure that is comparable with that required for heroic virtues. Right from the earliest beginnings of the Christian religion, the Church has always believed that the apostles and martyrs have been more closely linked magisted us in Christ and has at the same time honored them together with the Blessed Virgin Mary and the holy angels with special veneration and piously implored the help of their intercession.

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. Bringing clean water to Uganda, receiving faith in return. Immensa Aeterni Dei, diei 22 lerfectionis 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 assembly.

The inquiry into alleged miracles is to be conducted separately from the inquiry into virtues or martyrdom. In response, the bishop forms a diocesan tribunal for this purpose once the nihil obstat a decree that no impediment exists that would prevent the investigation of the Holy See is obtained.