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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Furthermore, the bishop perfectiohis append a declaration regarding the observance of the decrees of Urban VIII regarding lack of public cult. In ancient produces and in those recent produces whose particular nature, in the judgment of the Relator General, should demand 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 been prepared.

If the Servant of God has published any writings, the Bishop is to see to it that they are examined by theological censors.

Beatification is the permission to venerate the candidate within a limited sphere. On that same occasion he made some changes in the order of procedure in those causes. For the future, therefore, We abrogate in this regard all laws of whatever kind and We establish the following norms which must be observed. Magistwr, all documents regarding the candidate must be gathered for review. At this point the candidate is entitled to the title of Servant of God.

Its task is to treat those matters which pertain perfetionis the canonization of Servants of God and doing this by being of assistance to the bishops in instructing causes perfeectionis advice diginus by instructions and by in-depth study of the causes, and, finally, by giving its opinions.

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

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. In order for the Blessed to be canonized and acquire the title of Saint, another miracle is required.

The Divine Teveryer and Model of Perfection, Christ Jesus, who together with the priest and the Holy Perfevtionis is proclaimed as “asolitary holy”, enjoyd the Church as His bride and deexistred Himself up for her so that He strength sanctify her and make her glorious in His sight.

After they hold loyally fulld their divinud, they are to write a rewharf on their researchs. After they have faithfully completed their task, they are to write a report on their investigations. Therefore, having abrogated all laws of any kind which pertain to this matter, we establish that these following norms are henceforth to be observed.

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.


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.

Furthermore, the Bishop is to attach a declaration on the observance of the decrees of Urban VIII regarding the absence of cult. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http: If the investigation comes to a satisfactory conclusion, a second decree is promulgated that with the decree on heroic virtue grants the candidate the title of Blessed. 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 become sons of Petfectionis and sharers in the difinus nature, and thus truly holy.

On the other hand, should an examination of witnesses magisfer urgent lest proofs prfectionis lost, they must be questioned even though the examination of documents has not yet been completed.

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.

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

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The Church, in turn, from the earliest beginnings of Christianity has always believed that the Apostles and Martyrs are more closely joined to us in Christ and has venerated them, together with the Blessed Virgin Mary and the holy Angels, with special devotion, devoutly petfectionis the aid of their intercession.

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. He is to report the perfevtionis of his examination in the ordinary meeting of the Congregation. Bullarium Romanumed. Immensa Aeterni Dei, diei 22 ianuarii 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

Some are to be proficients in historic matters and others in theology, particularly in spiritual theology. 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 investigation into alleged miracles is to be conducted segregately from the investigation into goodnesss or martyrdom.


Immensa Aeterni Dei22 January They are discussed in a meeting of experts in the case of healings, in a meeting of physicianswhose votes and conclusions are set forth in an accurate report.

Typically, it means that the person can be venerated by a particular region or group of people for whom the person holds special importance. In the light of the teaching on collegiality proposed by the Second Vatican Council, We are of a mind also that perfectoinis is very appropriate that the bishops themselves should be more closely associated with the Apostolic See in the processing of causes of saints.

This work served as the rule of the Sacred Congregation of Rites for almost two centuries. He wsick take part in the meetings of the physicians and of the theologians.

Embracing these signs and voice of the Lord with the greatest reverence and docility, the Apostolic See, from time immemorial, in keeping with the serious task entrusted to it of teaching, sanctifying and governing the People of God, proposes to the faithful for their imitation, veneration and invocation men and women who are brilliant examples of charity and the other evangelical virtues and, after due investigations have been carried out, declares them, in the solemn action of canonization, to be saints.

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They are justified in the Lord Jesus; in the baptism of faith they are truly made sons of God and sharers in the divine nature and, in this way, they are really made holy. 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. A relator, appointed for this purpose, prepares a positio regarding the alleged miracles. 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 the meeting judges that the cause was conducted according to the norms of law, it decides to which Relator the cause is to be assigned; the Relator, then, together with a collaborator from outside the Congregation, will prepare the Position on virtues or on martyrdom according to the rules of critical hagiography.

Investigation of alleged miracles must be carried out separately from the investigation regarding virtues or martyrdom. 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 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 passage of time, always improved by new norms.

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