13 February 2019

Theological Commission Approves Father Tolton's Cause

You may recall that last March 8th, the Historical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints unanimously recommended that the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton continue to proceed. This morning it was announced that the Theological Commission of the same Congregation made the same recommendation:
Chicago, IL (Feb. 13, 2019) – The cause for beatification and canonization of The Servant of God Reverned Augustus Tolton, the first African American to be ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the United States, continues to advance with the approval of the theological consultants of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints of his virtuous and heroic life.
The nine-member theological commission unanimously voted on February 5, 2019 that the cause be moved forward and presented to the Ordinary Meeting of Cardinals and Archbishops, where a final vote will be taken before presenting the Decree of Heroic Virtues to the Holy Father for his approval. Upon the promulgation of that decree, Father Tolton would receive the title “Venerable”, which indicates he lived the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity and the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance at a heroic level.

The full press release from the Archdiocese of Chicago can be read here.

Please continue to pray that Father Gus' Cause continues to move along swiftly.

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