30 March 2011

Further on the Beatification v. Canonization Infallibility Issue

Since it came up in a recent post on JPII's impending beatification, here is a link to a post on Angelqueen giving Fr. Faber's take on the issue back in 1848. I give the link only, because posting a pdf to blogger such that it can be read is a total mystery to such a one as me. The money quote for me: "Thus a man who should maintain that a beatification was erroneous and a cultus approbatus wrong, would not be guilty of heresy, but of scandal and temerity." I don't think I want to be guilty of either.

3 comments:

Andy said...

The issue here, Timman, is that the same words could describe the actions of the individual being beatified. It leaves one severely torn. And even more so when one considers that the process has been rushed and the miracle itself questionable. The risk of the scandal to the Church caused by a hastily enacted declaration, in my opinion, outweighs the risk of scandal caused to my fellow man by pointing out problems with the process before the beatification.

dmwallace said...

Perhaps if we grant that canonizations are infallible, then beatifications fall under those things mentioned in Lumen Gentium, no. 25, which must be held with "religious submission of mind and will"?

[R]eligious submission of mind and will must be shown in a special way to the authentic magisterium of the Roman Pontiff, even when he is not speaking ex cathedra; that is, it must be shown in such a way that his supreme magisterium is acknowledged with reverence, the judgments made by him are sincerely adhered to, according to his manifest mind and will. His mind and will in the matter may be known either from the character of the documents, from his frequent repetition of the same doctrine, or from his manner of speaking.

Andy said...

Mr. Wallace thinks he is so smart. Just like college...