- Dec 10, 2019
The cause for 48 victims of a terrorist attack on a church in Baghdad has been completed.
“He didn’t see the teachings of the Church and of our conscience in conflict with each other. And he himself expressed his unshakable belief in the infallibility of the pope,” said Father Ignatius Harrison, the Provost of the Birmingham Oratory, founded by Newman, and the postulator of his sainthood cause said about Cardinal Newman.
Following this week’s announcement that the cause for sainthood for celebrated writer Gilbert Keith Chesterton would not go forward in his home diocese, Dale Ahlquist, an expert on the author, said this stall illustrates how difficult it can be to get laypeople to the altar.
Archbishop Eduardo Martin of Rosario, Argentina, told reporters that a person is only declared a saint for “eminently religious reasons,” and no others.
Since the beginning of his pontificate, one of the things Pope Francis has advocated for most vocally is a less clerical Church with a greater involvement of laypeople. In this spirit, a Rome conference has higlighted the increasing number of laypeople being put forward for sainthood, focusing on six concrete examples.
The 10th bishop of the Diocese of Burlington has opened a cause for canonization for the first bishop of the statewide diocese.