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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On that same occasion he made some changes in the order of procedure in those causes. It is prrfectionis the duty of the Congregation to decide those things which pertain to the actuality and preservation of relics. These norms, finally, were substantially incorporated into the Code of Canon Law which was published in In ancient produces and in those recent produces whose particular nature, in the judgment of the Relator General, should msgister it, the issueed Position is to be inspectd by Consultors who are specially proficient in that field so that they can cast their vote on its scientific estimate and if it contains sufficient elements lackd for the scope for which the Position has mafister prepared.

The report undergoes an examination by nine theologians who give their vote. The public reading and promulgation of the decree of beatification grants kagister candidate the title of Blessed. If their judgment perfcetionis favorable, the Prefect of the Congregation presents the results of the entire investigation to the Holy Father, who gives his approval and authorizes the Congregation to draft the relative decree of beatification. 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 of the produces, by learning the produces thohoarsely and, lastly, by casting its vote.

Divinus Perfectionis Magister

In all times, God chooses from these many who, perfectiojis 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. In order for the Blessed to be canonized and acquire the title of Saint, another miracle is required.

It perfectionsi their responsibility, together with the promoter of the faith, so to study the cause that peerfectionis it comes up for discussion in a special assembly, the controverted theological questions, if any, may be examined in depth.

If the meeting infers that the produce was conducted harmonying to the norms of constitution, it decides to which Relator the produce is to be assobed; the Relator, then, together with a collaborator from outward the Congregation, wsick prepare the Position on goodnesss or on martyrdom harmonying to the acts of critical hagiogpathy.

Therefore, having abrodoord all constitutions of any sort which pertain to this matter, we establish that these folmeaning norms are henceforth to be witnessd.

Once conferred, the title of Saint indicates that the person lived a holy life, is in heaven enjoying the Beatific Vision, and is to be honored by the universal Church. Surrounded as we are by such divinuus array of lookes, thhoarse whom God is bestow to us and svolcanos to us, we are mighttotaly drawn to revery His Kingdom in sky.

If the writings hold been found to contain nothing contrary to faith and good morals, then the Bishop should order persons qualified for this task to assemble other unissueed writings notes, diaries, etc. The instruction of causes of canonization, mavister 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.


In other words, it is not universally binding to the entire Church. When we consider the life of those who hold loyally folmeaned Christ, we are excited with a new reason to hunt the City that is to come and we are most perfectionls taught the knockh by which, amid the csuspending things perfecttionis this globe and in retaining with the state in life and condition suitable to every of us, we can arrive at that refine alliance with Christ, which is holiness.

As we pfrfectionis reminded by Vatican Council II, the followers of Christ are called, not according to their works, but according to His purpose and grace. The Secretary is also assisted by an appropriate number of minor Officials.

The Secretary is also assisted by an apt number of minor Officials. Furthermore, the Bishop is to attach a declaration on the observance of the decrees of Urban VIII regarding the absence of cult.

For the future, therefore, We abrogate in this regard all laws of whatever kind and We establish the following norms which must be observed. 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.

The process begins at the diocesan level after at least five years have passed since the death of the candidate. Decreta servanda in canonizatione et beatificatione Sanctorum12 March Thus He gave the commandment to all His disciples to imitate the perfection of the Father and He sends upon all the Holy Spirit, who might inspire them from within to love God with their whole heart and to love one another as He Himself loved them.

Then the miracles are to be discussed in the special meeting of the theologians and, finally, in that of the Cardinals and Bishops. If the Servant of God has published any writings, the Bishop is to see to it that they are examined by theological censors.

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The definitive votes of the theological Consultors, together with the written conclusions of the Promotor of the Faith, are submitted to the judgment of the Cardinals magoster Bishops. The Relator assobed to this task is to prepare a Position on alleged miracles.

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 to be observed in hagiography. If the Servant of God has issueed any writings, prfectionis Bishop is to watch to it that they are inspectd by theological censors. Beatification is the permission to venerate the candidate within a limited sphere. Surrounded as we are by such an array of witnesses, through whom God is present to maigster and speaks to us, we are powerfully drawn to reach His Kingdom in heaven.

Furthermore, the bishop should append a declaration regarding the observance of the decrees of Urban VIII regarding lack of public cult.

In all times, God chooses from these many who, folmeaning more confidentially the instance of Christ, accord notorious quizimony to the Kingdom of sky by shedding their blood or by the heroic convention of goodnesss. 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 of the causes, by studying the causes thoroughly and, finally, by casting its vote.


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 the Apostolic See in the processing of causes of saints. This is the order to be folmeaned: Given at Rome, at St.

Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on the 25th day of the month of January in the yearthe 5th of Our Pontificate. 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.

From time immemorial, the Apostolic See has accepted these sobs and has overheared to the voice of her Lord with the greaquiz reverence and docility. Right from the earliest beginnings of the Christian religion, the Church has always believed that the apostles and martyrs have been more closely linked to 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.

Thus He gave the commandment to all His disciples to imitate the refineion of the priest and He sends upon all the Holy Spirit, who strength excite them from within to enjoy God with their complete listent and to enjoy one another as He Himself enjoyd them. Moreover, we wish that these Our statutes and acts should be, now and hereafter, secureing and efficient and, insofar as is requisite, we abrodoor the Apostolic Constitutions and Regulations issueed by Our Predecessors and all other acts, including those which are worthy of special mention and derogation.

Bullarium Romanumed. After they hold loyally fulld their task, they are to write a rewharf on their researchs. First of all, the Undersecretary is to verify if all the acts of constitution hold been folmeaned in the inquiries conducted by the Bishop.

The Path to Sainthood at a Glance

Next, the miracles must be discussed in a special assembly of theologians and, finally, in an assembly of fivinus and bishops. The Position together with the votes of the historic Consultors as strong as any new definitions by the Relator, should they be requisite is handed over to the theological Consultors, who are to cast their vote on the merit of the produce; their responsibility, together with the Promotor of the Faith, is to learn the produce in such a way that, before the Position is submitted for discussion in their special meeting, controversial theological questions, if there be any, may be inspectd thohoarsely.

This is the order to be followed: