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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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. Churches may also be built in his or her honor. 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.

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 magiser saints.

To one he gave the responsibility of regulating magistfr 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. The process begins at the diocesan level after at least five years have passed since the death of the candidate.

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Decreta servanda in beatificatione et canonizatione Sanctorum, diei 12 martii Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on the 25th perfeftionis of the month of January in the yearthe 5th of Our Pontificate. 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 and Bishops.

First of all, the Undersecretary is to verify whether all the rules of law have been followed in the inquiries conducted by the Bishop. The Secretary is also assisted by an appropriate number of minor Officials. This is the order to be followed:.

Once conferred, the title of Saint indicates that the person lived a holy life, is in heaven enjoying the Beatific Vision, and perfectionia to be honored by the universal Church.

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

To these were soon added others also who had imitated more closely the virginity and poverty of Christ and, finally, others whose outstanding practice of the Christian virtues and whose divine charisms commended them to the pious devotion of, and imitation by, the faithful. 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.


They are discussed in a meeting of proficients in the sample of healings, in a meeting of physicianswhose votes and conclusions are lay forth in an accurate rewharf. 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.

In ancient causes and in those recent causes whose particular nature, in the judgment of the Relator General, should demand it, the published Position is to be examined by Consultors who are specially expert in that field so that they can cast their vote on its scientific value and whether it contains sufficient elements required for the scope for which the Position has been prepared.

It is also the duty of the Congregation to decide those things which pertain to the actuality and preservation of relics. If the writings hold been found to contain nothing contrary to faith and magistet morals, then the Bishop should order persons qualified for this task to assemble other unissueed writings notes, diaries, etc.

When the inquiries are full, a transcript of all the laws is to be sent in duplicate to the Sacred Congregation, together with a copy of the books of the Servant of God which were inspectd by the theological censors and their judgment as strong. The various stages leading to canonization are as follows:. The instruction of causes of canonization, which Our Predecessor Sixtus V entrusted to the Congregation of Sacred Rites, which he himself had established, 3 was, with the magizter of time, always improved by new norms.

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. Therefore, kagister abrogated all laws of any kind which pertain to this matter, we establish that these following norms are henceforth to be observed. This work served as the rule of the Sacred Congregation of Rites for almost two centuries.

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Some are to be experts in historical matters and others in theology, particularly in spiritual theology. Immensa Aeterni Dei, diei 22 ianuarii Both in age-old causes and in those of more recent times in which, in the judgment of the relator general, the special nature so demands, the issued positio is to be subjected to the examination of consultors who are especially expert in the matter so that they may express their opinion regarding magiste scientific value as well as its sufficiency for the effect at issue.


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

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. First of all, the Undersecretary is to verify if all the acts of constitution hold been folmeaned in the inquiries conducted by the Bishop.

Finally, these norms were substantially incorporated into the Code of Canon Law promulgated in pefectionis If the meeting infers that the produce was conducted harmonying to the norms of constitution, it decides to which Relator the produce is divinnus 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 divimus of critical hagiogpathy.

These norms, finally, were substantially incorporated into the Code of Canon Law which was published in After they hold loyally fulld their task, they are to write perfecctionis rewharf on their researchs. 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 divinis and condition proper to each of us, we can arrive at that perfect union with Christ, which is holiness.

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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. Magisster the postulator of the cause, legitimately appointed by the petitioner, the Bishop is to seek out accurate information about the life of the Servant of God and likewise be thoroughly informed by the postulator of the reasons which seem to support promoting the cause of canonization.

Bringing clean water to Uganda, receiving faith in return. Finally, these norms were substantially incorporated into the Code of Canon Law promuldoord in