On November 9th, Bishop Carl Kemme of the Diocese of Wichita present the completed Positio Super Vita, Virtutibus et Fama Sanctitatis (Statement on the Life, Virtue and Holy Reputation) on Fr. Kapaun to the Congregation for Saints in Rome. This is an exciting and significant step in the process of declaring Fr. Kapaun a saint!
At this point, the Congregation will begin to review the life and alleged miracles of Fr. Kapaun, and eventually give a recommendation on Fr. Kapaun's sanctity to the Holy Father, who can declare him a blessed and a saint.
Although the review process will begin in part, it will still be some time before the Congregation of Saints is able to bring a fuller attention to Fr. Kapaun's cause, as there are many other causes under investigation. However, we are doing well to have the Positio in their hands, and Fr. Kapaun's is a case that the Congregation is already aware of. In all reality, we have only been working on Fr. Kapaun's cause in an official capacity since 2008, and things have been moving along rapidly. This next step is no different, even though everyone is eager to celebrate a Beatification. We at the Fr. Kapaun Guild appreciate the Church's diligence with Fr. Kapaun's cause, and know that everything is moving along quite well! It is our job to continue to share Fr. Kapaun with others and to pray that the Holy Spirit guide this process!
Read more in the National Catholic Register.
Watch a video of Bishop Kemme describing the meeting with Cardinal Amato of the Congregation for Saints.
In addition, many people have been asking about the timing of the process going forward, especially in light of some of the news coverage of the event. We assure you that things are going as expected! Read the statement from Fr. Hotze, Episcopal Delegate for the Cause for Beatification of Father Kapaun, here.
Prayer for the Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Kapaun
Lord Jesus, in the midst of the folly of war, your servant, Chaplain Emil Kapaun, spent himself in total service to you on the battlefields and in the prison camps of Korea, until his death at the hands of his captors. We now ask you, Lord Jesus, if it be your will, to make known to all the world the holiness of Chaplain Kapaun and the glory of his complete sacrifice for you by signs of miracles and peace. In your name, Lord, we ask, for you are the source of peace, the strength of our service to others, and our final hope. Amen.
Chaplain Kapaun, pray for us.