Friday, February 26, 2010

Pray for the Beatification of Ignatius Cardinal Kung

His Eminence was appointed "cardinal in pectore in 1979 when he was purging a life sentence for 'counterrevolutionary activities'" and "spent almost 33 years in prison" — Waiting for the beatification of Card Kung Pin-mei ten years after his death. Learn more about him and his country at the Cardinal Kung Foundation.

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Anonymous Robert Badger said...

Under the new provisions of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, namely the instruction Sanctorum Mater, the competent bishop for conducting an inquiry into the heroic virtues is the bishop of place where the saint died (cf. 20 and 21 no. 1). Seeing as Cardinal Kung died within the territory of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Bishop Lori would be the competent bishop to begin the process.

It would be feasable to transfer a cause to another diocese, as New York did with the cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Archbishop Sheen's cause is currently under the care of the Diocese of Peoria, as that was the diocese where Archbishop Sheen was born and for which he was ordained to the priesthood. New York has a couple of causes of their own right now. The amount of work that goes into just one beatification is truly amazing. Thus, if China's situation were not what it is today, it would be truly fitting to transfer it to the care of the Diocese of Shanghai.

The Diocesan bishop is urged, under article 45 of the decree to obtain the nihil obstat, or decree of the Holy See certifying that there is no impediment for a cause of beatification.

Rather than summarize the whole process, I invite you to take a look at the instruction Sanctorum Mater by clicking on the link below.

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/csaints/documents/rc_con_csaints_doc_20070517_sanctorum-mater_en.html

2:50 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks.

2:12 PM  

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