Friday, November 20, 2009
There was a meeting Nov. 16 at the Congregation for Saints' Causes on the possibly heroic virtue of Pope Wojtyla.
But given that the participants' vote is subject to papal secrecy, to ask about or publish the result means to collaborate in the violation of this secret.
According to the process for beatification and canonization, in case the result was positive, it now corresponds to the Pope to sign the decree of heroic virtues. If everything has stayed on schedule, according to the calendar, the decree could be published in December.
If this were to be the case, John Paul II would receive the title "Venerable." This would be an important step, but not decisive for his being raised to the altar. Next, a miracle would have to be analyzed and attributed to the intercession of Karol Wojtyla after his death, by a medical commission, a commission of theologians and a commission of cardinals.