Beatification again delayed for French priest

Pope Benedict XVI gave his approval for the beatification of 25 church figures in October and November, but French Fr Leon Dehon was not among them.

CLICK HEREThe Universe reports that a Vatican panel named by the pope is continuing to study whether anti-Semitic writings and speeches by Fr Dehon should disqualify him from being declared "blessed".

Church sources said the Vatican commission had met once in June to take a first look at arguments for and against beatification and then to "reflect prayerfully" on them.

The Commission, which includes four high-ranking cardinals, planned more meetings for before the end of the year, the sources said.

The case is highly unusual because Pope John Paul II had approved Fr Dehon's beatification and set a date for the ceremony, but died before it could be carried out. Pope Benedict put the beatification on hold after publicity about Fr Dehon's writings on Jews prompted protests from French bishops, the French government and some Jewish groups.

Beatification again delayed for French priest (The Universe 31/10/05)

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Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations - Saints and Blessed | Leo Dehon (1843-1925) | Beatifications

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1 Nov 2005