Update from the Congregation for Saints
As of Spring 2017, this is the latest official news we have received from the Congregation for Saints. They are continuing to review Father Kapaun's Positio in order that his heroic virtue might be approved and he be given the title "Venerable". See the full press release:
Office for the Beatification and Canonization of Father Emil Kapaun
June 23, 2016
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the six Historical Consultants of the Congregation for Saints met to discuss the historical documents that have been presented to the Congregation as part of the Positio for the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Father Emil Kapaun, prepared by the Postulator Dr. Andrea Ambrosi. After evaluating the documents for completeness and accuracy, the Historical Consultants gave an affirmative vote in regard to these documents. As a reminder, the Positio is the official document that will be used to determine if Father Kapaun lived a life of heroic virtue and sanctity. Bishop Carl Kemme presented this Positio to Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for Saints on November 9, 2015.
The affirmative vote by the Historical Consultants allows Father Kapaun’s Cause to move forward to the Theological Consultants. These Consultants will review the Positio to determine if Father Kapaun’s writings and teachings are doctrinally sound and in harmony with the Church’s teachings. If the Theological Consultants also provide an affirmative vote, the matter will be given to a panel of Cardinals and Archbishops of the Congregation for Saints. This panel will convene to review Father Kapaun’s life one final time. Hopefully they will come to a consensus and decide to pass Father Kapaun’s Cause on to the Holy Father who will make the ultimate decision on Father Kapaun’s Beatification and Canonization.
As the review of Father Kapaun’s life continues, medical consultants in the Congregation will be working on the proof of alleged miracles. One alleged miracle must be approved and accepted as having no scientific explanation for the Beatification; and, then a second miracle approved and accepted for the Canonization of Father Kapaun. To some, this may seem like an unending process, but the naming of a Saint has never and, hopefully, will never be taken lightly. We pray that, God willing, Father Kapaun’s cause may proceed with speed and that we will soon be honoring him as a Saint of the Holy Catholic Church.
Father John Hotze
Episcopal Delegate of the Cause for Canonization of Fr. Emil Kapaun
Prayer for the Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Kapaun
Lord Jesus, in the midst of the folly of war, your servant, Chaplain Emil Kapaun, spent himself in total service to you on the battlefields and in the prison camps of Korea, until his death at the hands of his captors. We now ask you, Lord Jesus, if it be your will, to make known to all the world the holiness of Chaplain Kapaun and the glory of his complete sacrifice for you by signs of miracles and peace. In your name, Lord, we ask, for you are the source of peace, the strength of our service to others, and our final hope. Amen.
Chaplain Kapaun, pray for us.