Don Bosco’s Beatification and Canonization: Story, Highlights and Sidelights

· Arthur J. Lenti, volume 10
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by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB

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Subjects:

  • Introduction
  • Proposal and Aim
  • Schematic Preview
  • Basic Structure of the Process of Beatification
  • Process on Virtues, Holiness, Gifts
  • Diocesan or Ordinary Process
  • Apostolic Process
  • Turin Phase
  • Little Process
  • Roman Phase
  • Process on Miracles
  • Diocesan Investigation Followed by Roman Phase
  • Basic Structure of the Process of Canonization
  • Savio Process on Virtues
  • Bosco Process on Miracles
  • Diocesan Investigation and Roman Phase
  • Part One: Process of Don Bosco's Beatification
  • Process of Beatification: Ordinary, or Diocesan, Informative Process (June 4, 1980 - April 1, 1897)
  • Diocesan Court in Turin
  • Sessions and Witnesses (1890-1896)
  • Nature and Sampler of Depositions
  • Types of Witnesses
  • Don Bosco's Conduct with Archbishop Gastaldi, His Holiness and Extraordinary Gifts
  • Testimony of the Primary Witnesses
  • Testimony of the Three Ex Officio Witnesses
  • Special Problem of Miraculous Cures Ascribed to Don Bosco
  • The Case of Mrs. Marina (Cappa) Della Valle
  • The Case of Luigia (Fagiano) Piovano
  • Other Miraculous Cures
  • Final Expert Opinion Sought
  • Conclusion of the Ordinary (Diocesan) Process: Preparation of the Protocols
  • Process of Don Bosco's Beatification: Apostolic Process by the Sacred Congregation of Rites (1907-1929)
  • Initial Considerations and Introduction of the Cause
  • People and Roles
  • Preliminaries to the Introduction of the Cause in Rome
  • Initial Dossier (Positio) for the Introduction of the Cause
  • Examination of Don Bosco's Writings and Little Process
  • Critical Observations and Response
  • Apostolic Process on Virtues, Holiness, Supernatural Gifts (1907-1927)
  • Apostolic Process on Virtues in Turin (1908-1917)
  • Initial (lnchoativa) Phase of the Process on Virtues in Turin (1909-1911)
  • Continuing (Continuativa) Phase of the Process on Virtues in Turin (1916-1917)
  • The Secret Little Process (Processiculus) to Investigate Don Bosco's Conduct in His Dispute with Archbishop Gastaldi (1915-1922)
  • Colomiatti's Summons and Deposition before the SCR (1915)
  • Little Process Conducted in Turin to Investigate Colomiatti's Charges (1915-1918)
  • Rebuttal of the Charges by the Salesians
  • Apostolic Process on Virtues in Rome (1922-1927)
  • Preliminaries
  • Congregations
  • Ante-Preparatory Congregation
  • [First] Preparatory Congregation
  • [Second] Preparatory Congregation
  • General Congregation before the Holy Father (Coram Sanctissimo)
  • Papal Decree on Don Bosco's Heroic Practice of Virtue (February 20, 1927)
  • The Apostolic Process on Miracles (1927-1929)
  • Format of the Investigation
  • Diocesan Stage (Turin and Piacenza) of the Apostolic Process and the Two Miracles
  • Roman Stage of the Apostolic Process on the Two Miracles
  • Preliminaries to the Congregations
  • Congregations on Miracles
  • Decree De Tuto (Safe to Proceed) and the Solemn Examination of Don Bosco's Body
  • Conclusion to Part One: Don Bosco's Beatification
  • Part Two: Process of Don Bosco's Canonization
  • Causes of Dominic Savio's Beatification and of Don Bosco's Canonization
  • Early Progress of Dominic Savio's Cause
  • Process on Dominic Savio's Heroic Practice of Virtue and Don Bosco's Savio Biography
  • Ante-Preparatory Congregation
  • [First] Preparatory Congregation
  • [Second] Preparatory Congregation and General Congregation
  • New Miracles for the Canonization
  • Two Miracles Described and Presented
  • Congregations on the Miracles
  • Ante-Preparatory Congregation
  • Ante-Preparatory and Preparatory Congregations
  • [Second] Preparatory Congregation
  • General Congregation with the Holy Father (Coram Sanctissimo)
  • Consistories and Canonization
  • Appendix I – Sidelights of Don Bosco's and Dominic Savio's Causes for Beatification and Canonization: Confidential Memoir by Father Francesco Tomasetti, SDB
  • Part One: Don Bosco's Beatification
  • Ordinary Process Begun and Lines Drawn
  • Apostolic Process Begun in Rome
  • The Varazze "Scandal" and Its Repercussions
  • First Stage of the Apostolic Process
  • Attack by Colomiatti and Consequent Little Process
  • Franchetti Papers
  • Second Section of the Apostolic Process on Virtues and Monsignor Salotti's Role
  • Ante-Preparatory and (First) Preparatory Congregations
  • Awaiting the Second Preparatory Congregation
  • The Second Preparatory Congregation
  • The Salesians and Archbishop Salotti
  • General Congregation and the Decree on Virtues
  • Don Bosco's Beatification and the Lateran Treaty
  • Beatification Celebrated: Lights and Shadows
  • Part Two: Dominic Savio's Cause and Don Bosco's Canonization
  • Sidelights from the Process of Savio's Heroic Practice of Virtue
  • Ante-Preparatory and Preparatory Congregations: Attack on Dominic Savio and on Don Bosco's Savio Biography
  • Salesian Response
  • A Presentation to the Holy Father
  • Enlisting Father Rinaldi's and Father Amadei's Help
  • Calling on Professor Costante Rinaudo
  • The Honorable Alessandro Luzio's Contribution
  • Pius XI's Decision
  • Second Preparatory Congregation
  • General Congregation with the Holy Father
  • Sidelights from Don Bosco's Process on Miracles for Canonization
  • Father Quentin and the Miracles for Don Bosco's Canonization
  • Closing Comments
  • Appendix II – Don Bosco: Italian Saint or Catholic Saint?
  • Aspects of Don Bosco's Canonization and Its Celebration
  • Don Bosco's Canonization and the Lateran Treaty
  • Participation of Royalty and of the Fascist Leadership in the Celebration of Don Bosco's Canonization
  • Don Bosco and the House of Savoy: A Tradition
  • Working Relationship with the Ruling Classes: Also a Tradition
  • Don Bosco, an Italian Saint?
  • A Working Relationship with Industrial Capitalism
  • Catholic Aspects of Don Bosco's Canonization
  • Salesian Worldwide Expansion and Worldwide Educational Undertaking
  • Widespread Religious View of Don Bosco and of the Salesian Work
  • Political Non-Involvement
  • A Strategy for the Canonization?
  • A Look at Fascist Youth Organizations
  • Don Bosco's Cause
  • Father Tomasetti as Mediator
  • Don Bosco's Canonization and Strategy for Its Celebration
  • Jottings for a Letter to the Pope
  • Relationships in Transition and Debts Paid
  • Cesare Maria De Vecchi di Val Cismon
  • Anti-Fascist Partisans
  • The Monarchy and the FIAT
  • Conclusion: Don Bosco's Canonization a Complex Event