Another American saint?

And a New Yorker, too!

The sainthood cause of Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai has taken a significant step forward with a Vatican medical board ruling in favor of a miracle attributed to her intercession.

Details, from CNS:

According to a news release from her religious community, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, N.Y., the seven physicians at the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes declared there is no medical explanation for the cure of a woman who had been suffering from an allegedly irreversible fatal condition.

“The board concluded the woman’s healing was inexplicable according to available medical knowledge. The doctors on the case expected her to die and were amazed scientifically at her survival,” the release said.

No other details about the case have been released.

The Sisters of St. Francis received the news from Msgr. Robert J. Sarno, an American priest at the congregation who has been working with the postulator of Mother Marianne’s cause, Father Ernesto Piacentini, in the written presentation of the miracle case at the Vatican.

The miracle, approved June 16 by the medical board, still must pass two more Vatican examinations before it is presented to the pope for final approval for canonization. The first is by a board of theologians who will determine if the healing was the result of prayer for Mother Marianne’s intercession, and then by a committee of cardinals and bishops who will examine the entire case and give a final verdict.

Read the rest.

And you can visit the website devoted to her cause for more.  A Syracuse TV station, meanwhile, covered a ceremony honoring Blessed Marianne Cope.  Check out the video here.

  • momor

    I do not mean to take anything away from this proposed saint. I am merely expressing a general opinion.

    I read the account of the first miracle attributed to her and I’m disappointed that it seems as ambiguous as the one put forward for JPII. Both of these miracles can be attributed to spontaneous recovery IMO.

    Is the criteria for declaring something a miraculous healing being broadened in order to cannonize more saints? I always thought it needed to be something instantaneous and absolutely unexplainable, e.g., a documented tumor(s) there one day and gone the next or a permanent severe bony deformity documented on x-ray and then shown to be completely gone after sudden symptomatic improvement. Things that we KNOW don’t happen in the normal course of events.

    People do come back from the brink of death or recover from diseases thought to be permanent and quite unexplained medically when an extemely high percentage of other people in a similar condition would not have. Unusual for sure but not miraculous. I think just about every doctor who has been in the profession for a long time has at least one such case in their career that leaves them scratching their heads and with renewed faith in a patient’s ability to get better no matter what the doctor might rightly think otherwise.

  • Donal Mahoney

    Perhaps it’s because of all the commotion in the American church today–i.e., Corapi, Cuomo, Kansas City, the redefinition of marriage–I have little interest in the process of beatifying or canonizing new saints. If the church in American were even relatively stable, I might be interested. But it seems to me that when we have Catholics like Cuomo and Pelosi crusading for everything the Church has for centuries declared immoral, we should be more concerned about the epidemic silence of our docile bishops. Perhaps more than another saint, we need bishops with the viscera to speak out publicly about Catholic politicians leading our nation astray.

  • Renee

    There are three criteria for determining whether a miracle has occurred.

    The change must be immediate or sudden; the heading must be complete and permanent; and there must be no medical explanation of how it could have happened.

  • Hidden One

    Whatever could we need more than Saints? What is of more value than holiness?

  • Student

    I should think that it’s precisely because we have so many problems in the American Church today that we need another saint – I think it’s safe to say that we need all the help we can get, from all flanks. Bishops, lay people, saints – everyone united in prayer.

  • John B.

    Her personal holiness aside, that habit must have acted as a sponge mop/passenger train for bacteria in 19th century hospitals. Check out those sleeves. ;-)

  • pagansister

    How many saints is there now in the Catholic Church? There must be thousands. Does it need more? If indeed another saint is needed, then I guess female and American is a plus for the Church.

  • Ismael

    @ Donal Mahoney

    That’s BECAUSE you have people like Pelosi that you NEED people like Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai as an example… to remind you that even if there are Peolosis, Cuomos and Corapis around, there are also saintly people who live truly according to Christ.

  • Ismael

    @ pagansister

    I apologize if I am rude but: That is a sad comment.

    You think it’s about numbers and scores and gender or nationality? Then you truly do not understand anything about saints and especially their lives.

    Perhaps you should try reading something of what some of those people wrote in their lives or what they did. You might even find it inspiring.

    Besides the Church has millions and millions of saints: all those who are in paradise are even if they are not ‘canonized’.

    @ John B.

    You know they did also wear different clothing when they worked in hospitals or they bound their sleeves so they were not impairing their work.

    Or do you think female doctors and nurses today work in evening gowns?

  • Renee

    John, she worked with quarantined lepers and never contracted the disease herself, so it’s probably safe to assume that she aware of basic hygiene.

  • pagansister

    Ismael: I just find it interesting that there are many, many saints is all. As for nationality of those saints? I’m just happy that this possible one is from America. :o)

  • sam

    Sorry to disappoint the Deacon but this “saint” is technically a naturalized American, not native born. We have only 2 native born American saints thus far, Elizabeth Seton and Katherine Drexel.
    Plz. don’t confuse the faithful in your rush to get headlines or a blog article online. Like St. John Neumann she is not considered an American saint in the true sense of the word.

  • Darrell

    Sad to say, the Pharisees are still with us.

  • pagansister

    Even IF she is a naturalized American she is, IOM still an American, Sam. Chalks one up for us anyway, I think. :o)


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