A Chronological Summary of the Cause of Antonio Rosmini


22.02.1994 – The Congregation of the Saints, with a Declaration signed by Cardinal
Angelo Felici (Prefect) Mgr.Edward Nowack (Secretary), informs Fr. General GB. Zantedesci about the nihil obstat on the part of the Holy See for the beginning of the Cause of Canonisation of the Servant of God Antonio Rosmini.

10.03.1994 – Notification of the decree ‘Nihil obstat’ to all the bishops of the
Episcopal Conference of Piedmont.

26.03.1994 – Appointment of the Postulator General of the Cause by Fr. General: Fr.
Vincenzo Sala  is nominated.

12.04.1994 – Decree of appointment the Theological Censors by the Bishop of
Novara.

10.06. 1994 – The Decree of appointment of the Historical Commission of Novara.

08.07.1994 – Decree of nomination of the Historical Commission of Trent.

02.05.1997 – The handing over to the Bishop of Novara of the work done by the
historical Commission.

20.06.1997 – The request by the Postulator Fr. Vincenzo Sala to go ahead with the
Diocesan Process.  The presentation of the testimonies obtained and the  request to have them admitted


01.07.1997 – The setting up at Stresa, in the Church of the Crucifixion, of the
Diocesan Tribunal of the informative Process concerning the reputation for holiness of the Servant of God, Antonio Rosmini.

15.08.1997 – Change of Postulator: Father Claudio Massimiliano Papa is appointed.

20.11.1997 – Presentation of 5 other testimonies brought forward with the relevant
requests for admission.

26.03.1998 - Conclusion of the Diocesan Process and the handing over of the Trasunto  by  Mgr. Carlo Brugo, Judge Delegate of the Bishop of Novara to the Congregation of the Saints in Rome. When  the Diocesan Process was closed (21.3.1998) and the 'Trasunto' was brought to Rome (26.3.1998), it signifies that the tomb had been opened and the remains were verified (it's a step of the diocesan process). That happened on the 25th of February 1998, in the presence of Mgr.Carlo Brugo, Cancellor and representative of the Bishop, and of Fr.and Mother General, of the Postulator and many brethren.

26.11.1998 – The Congregation of the Saints declares the validity of the Diocesan
Process.

01.03.1999 – Father Ambrogio Eszer O.P.: is appointed Relator of the Cause of A.
Rosmini.

02.12.1999 – The Postulator hands over to the Relator the chapter of the Positio
which contains the Decree Post Obitum, the 40 condemned Propositions and their authentic interpretation.

20.12.1999 – Eleven copies of the work are handed over to the Congregation for the 
Doctrine of theFaith. Another 20 copies are handed over to the same Congregation on 06.02.2001.


01.07.2001 – The Osservatore Romano publishes the Nota of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith on the value of the doctrinal decrees concerning the thought and works of the priest Antonio Rosmini Serbati.

03.07.2001 – The Congegration for the Causes of the Saints now grants to the
Postulator the ‘Nihil obstat’ for the further continuation of the Cause of A. Rosmini.

09.11.2002 – The Postulator presents to the Relator the complete Positio (about 5000
pages) of the Cause of Antonio Rosmini and they are deemed acceptable for the institution of the historical Commission and the theological Commission.

30.06.2003 – 150 copies of the Positio are printed.

28.09.2004 – The Positive Examination of the historical Commission concerning the
Cause of Beatification of Rosmini.

08.02.2005 – The Positive Examination of the theological Commission concerning the   
Cause of A. Rosmini.

02.04.2005 – Pope John Paul II dies, the great supporter of the Cause of A. Rosmini.

19. 04.2005 – Election of Benedict XVI to the Pontificate: he has a good knowledge
of  Rosmini.

19.01.2006 – The printing of a new ‘Relatio et Vota’ of the theological Commission,
substituting for the preceding one.

06.06.2006 – The meeting of eleven Cardinals for the final judgement on the life and
virtues of the Servant of God A. Rosmini, the Ponens being Bishoip Rino Fisichella. The outcome was positive.

26.06.2006 – The Osservatore Romano, on the appointed day, publishes the news that
Pope Benedict XVI has signed the Decree on the heroic virtues and
therefore the venerability of the Servant of God Antonio Rosmini (together with two other priests, three sisters and a German layman).

12.10.2006    - Medical Consulters (5 members) under the presidency of Dr. Angelo   D’Onofri gather together to examine la Positio super miro (the full medical scientific story on the miracle): the outcome is completely positive.
19.12.2006    This is the day when the Theological Consulters come together to     examine that the miracle which happened on 6th January 1927 for Sr. Ludovica Noè actually happened and was truly attributed to the intercession of Antonio Rosmini.  The conclusion is unanimously in favour.
06.03.2007    The Congress of Bishops and Cardinals gather to give the final word that the miracle is attributed to the intercession of Venerable Antonio Rosmini.  It is accepted with an overwhelming majority.
01.06.2007    This day our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI signed the Decree on the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Antonio Rosmini, which means the way is open for him to be beatified.  (Osservatore Romano, 2nd June 2007)



Meaning of Terms

Postulator General: The person who has the job of gathering all the pertinent documents and preparing the ‘Positio’ to present to the Holy See.

Theological Censors: Three priests who study the documents and give a theological judgement on the orthodoxy of the person presented for their consideration.

Relator of Cause: The person who is charged by the Holy See to follow the work of the postulator, give advice, and support the Cause when everything is ready.

Positio: Is the large volume (or volumes) in which a total description of the person is given, his actions, his virtues, his writings, (and the interpretation of his genuine thought).

Nihil Obstat: Literally ‘nothing prevents’ e.g. the way cleared for proceeding.

Relatio et Vota: The ‘positio’ is judged first by the historical censors and afterwards by  the theological ones. They then give a relatio (report) and a vote (affirmative, negative or abstention).

Ponens: At the end when all the reports are 2/3 positive, there follows the final judgement of the Cardinals and Bishops. The job of presenting the character of the Servant of God and of defending his heroic virtues is given to a Bishop who places (ponente) the whole matter before all those present and asks for their judgement (there are eleven judges). If the judgement is largely positive, the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation of the Saints submits the matter to the Holy Father for his signature. The latter signs the ‘Decree’of heroic virtues and then the Servant of God receives the title of ‘Venerable’.