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Monday, January 31, 2011

0158: Progress in the Beatification Process of Pope John Paul II (IV)



Entry 0158: Progress in the Beatification Process of Pope John Paul II (IV)


On Sunday, 16 January 2011, after the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, commented on the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

"Dear Brothers and Sisters,

"As you know, next 1 May I shall have the joy of beatifying my beloved Predecessor, Venerable Pope John Paul II. The date chosen is deeply meaningful: it will in fact be the Second Sunday of Easter, which he himself entitled Divine Mercy Sunday, on the eve of which his life on earth ended. Those who knew him, those who esteemed and loved him, cannot but rejoice with the Church in this event. We are glad!" (1)

Then, during the greetings to particular groups, the Pope addressed the people of Poland.

"Beloved Brothers and Sisters of Poland,

"I greet all of you gathered here in Rome, those in Poland and around the whole world.

"I share with you the joy at the announcement of the beatification of the Holy Father John Paul II, which will take place in Rome on 1 May 2011. This news was much awaited by everyone and, in a particular way, by you—the people from Poland, for whom my venerable Predecessor has been the guide in faith, in truth and in freedom.

"It is my wish for you that there be a profound spiritual preparation for this event and I cordially bless you all." (2)

(1) Official Web Site of the Holy See.
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/angelus/2011/documents/hf_ben-xvi_ang_20110116_en.html

(2) Official Web Site of the Holy See.
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/angelus/2011/documents/hf_ben-xvi_ang_20110116_it.html

Thursday, January 27, 2011

0157a: Actus Essendi: Science, Actus Essendi, and Revealed Truth: Remarks on Methodology



Entry 0157a: Article in PDF format

Orestes J. Gonzalez, “Science, Actus Essendi, and Revealed Truth: Remarks on Methodology,” Actus Essendi Electronic Journal.


Pope John Paul II explicitly identified some fundamental aspects of the 'philosophy of being' as reference point for the different philosophical schools.

A most authoritative statement in this regard is recorded in his encyclical letter Fides et Ratio when he says that "The 'philosophy of being' is strong and enduring because it is based upon the very 'act of being itself' (ipse actus essendi) which allows a full and comprehensive openness to reality as a whole." [1]

Earlier the Pope had explained that "The basis and source of this openness lie in the fact that the philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) is a 'philosophy of being,' that is, of the 'act of being' (actus essendi); it is the philosophy of the proclamation of being." [2]

[1] Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998, Acta Apostolicae Sedis, 1999, vol. 91, pp. 5-88, no. 97.

[2] John Paul II, "Address at the Angelicum, The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome," 17 November 1979. The original, in Italian, was published in Acta Apostolicae Sedis, 1979, vol. 71, pp. 1472-1483. English translations are available in Angelicum, 1980, vol. 57, pp. 133-146; and in L'Osservatore Romano English Weekly Edition, December 17, 1979, pp. 6-8.

Monday, January 24, 2011

0157: Progress in the Beatification Process of Pope John Paul II (III)

Entry 0157: Progress in the Beatification Process of Pope John Paul II (III)


Pope Benedict XVI will beatify John Paul II on 1 May 2011


On 1 May 2011, the second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, Benedict XVI will preside at the rite of beatification for John Paul II in the Vatican.

According to a note released by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, on 14 January 2011, during an audience granted to Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, "Benedict XVI authorized the dicastery to promulgate the decree of the miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla). This concludes the process which precedes the rite of beatification.

"It is well known that, by pontifical dispensation, his cause began before the end of the five-year period which the current norms stipulate must pass following the death of a Servant of God. This provision was solicited by the great fame of sanctity which Pope John Paul II enjoyed during his life, in his death and after his death. In all other ways, the normal canonical dispositions concerning causes of beatification and canonization were observed in full.

"Between June 2005 and April 2007 the principal diocesan investigation was held in Rome, accompanied by secondary investigations in various other dioceses, on his life, virtues, fame of sanctity and miracles. The juridical validity of these canonical processes was recognized by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints with a decree of 4 May 2007. In June 2009, having examined the relative 'Positio', nine of the dicastery's theological consultors expressed their positive judgment concerning the heroic nature of the virtues of the Servant of God. The following November, in keeping with the usual procedure, the 'Positio' was submitted for the judgment of the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, who gave their approval.

"On 19 December 2009, Benedict XVI authorized the promulgation of the decree on John Paul II's heroic virtues.

"With a view to the beatification of the Venerable Servant of God, the postulator of the cause invited the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to examine the recovery from Parkinson's disease of Sr. Marie Simon Pierre Normand, a religious of the 'Institut des Petites Soeurs des Maternites Catholiques'.

"As is customary, the voluminous acts of the regularly-instituted canonical investigation, along with detailed reports from medical and legal experts, were submitted for scientific examination by the medical consultors of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on 21 October 2010. The experts of the congregation, having studied the depositions and the entire documentation with their customary scrupulousness, expressed their agreement concerning the scientifically inexplicable nature of the healing. On 14 December the theological consultors, having examined the conclusions reached by the medical experts, undertook a theological evaluation of the case and unanimously recognized the unicity, antecedence and choral nature of the invocation made to Servant of God John Paul II, whose intercession was effective in this prodigious healing.

"Finally, on 11 January 2011 the ordinary session of the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints took place. They expressed their unanimous approval, believing the recovery of Sr. Marie Simon Pierre to be miraculous, having been achieved by God in a scientifically inexplicable manner following the intercession of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II, trustingly invoked both by Sr. Simon herself and by many other faithful".

Vatican City, 14 Jan 2011 (Vatican Information Service)

Monday, January 17, 2011

0156: Progress in the Beatification Process of Pope John Paul II (II)

Entry 0156: Progress in the Beatification Process of Pope John Paul II (II)

The beatification process of Pope John Paul II began on June 28, 2005, two months after the death of the Roman Pontiff thanks to a dispensation granted by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Holy Father Benedict XVI waived the normal five-year waiting period before beginning the cause of beatification and canonization of Pope John Paul II on April 28, 2005.

The dispensation waived the normal period of time that the Roman Catholic Church requires before a cause for canonization can be opened after a person dies.

The cause was officially opened by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome, on June 28, 2005.

The decree proclaiming Pope John Paul II’s life of heroic virtue was prepared by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and authorized by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 December 2009.

With the approval of the decree on heroic virtue, the servant of God Pope John Paul II qualified for the title "Venerable."

On 14 January 2011, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree on the approval of a miracle by the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), Polish Supreme Pontiff (1920-2005):

Decree of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Vatican City, 14 Jan 2011 (Vatican Information Service) - Today, during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Pope authorized the congregation to promulgate the following decree:

Miracle

- Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), Polish Supreme Pontiff (1920-2005).

Monday, January 10, 2011

0155: Aristotle of Aquinas and Actus Essendi

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Monday, January 3, 2011

0155: Aristotle of Aquinas and Actus Essendi


Entry 0155: In preapration