Father Caffarel’s cause of canonisation has just reached a new stage
In Paris, on June 23, 2022, on the feast-day of Saint John the Baptist, in the presence of the Roman postulator, Father Paleri, the writing of the cause of Father Caffarel was completed. Marie-Christine Genillon and Father Paul-Dominique Marcovits finished up a long text of 790 pages – the Positio1 – presenting Father Caffarel’s life, thinking, virtues and reputation for holiness. It was an extensive piece of work that shows how much, in a discreet and powerful way, Father Caffarel brought the joy of following the Lord on the path of marriage to so many people.
The next day, on June 24, 2022, on the feast-day, of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Father Paleri, back in Rome, deposited the Positio at the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints. It is therefore in the beautiful light of the Precursor and in that of the love of the Lord for all, that this stage has been completed.
A new stage now opens, comprising two parts :
Firstly, the Positio will be examined by a commission of theologian-consultants and a commission of cardinals who will give their opinion to the Pope who can then declare Father Caffarel ''Venerable,'' which means that he will have practiced the virtues in a heroic manner. This will take about three years, we think. Let us pray that the Holy Father declares Henri Caffarel “Venerable.”
Another fundamental objective now also presses itself on us: to ask the Lord to work a miracle through Father Caffarel’s intercession. Why? So that the Lord shows everyone that Father Caffarel is truly an apostle of marriage and a master of prayer. The beatification will enable many to understand and discover his message. The cause of Father Caffarel is the cause of marriage and of the love of the Lord! It is for this apostolic purpose that we desire Father Caffarel’s beatification.
Let's ask for a miracle! But let's not limit our requests: With the saints – as with the Lord – we can talk about anything! What we need materially, spiritually, from our loved ones, from the future of the world! The saints are interested in everything that concerns us; Father Caffarel was thus interested in the whole lives of the people he met, because God is present in our lives just as they are.
A miracle will enable the Father Caffarel’s beatification and a second one will enable his canonisation.
A bright future awaits us.
The Friends of Father Caffarel
1 See the published article in the Bulletin of the Friends of Father caffarel, on july 2022