Gus talks about how the Cause for Canonization of Fr. Vincent Capodanno may come to a halt. One consultant to the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints advised that "With ongoing military actions in the world today (think Ukraine), raising someone from the military for veneration may not be appropriate for our Church." After Gus read and reflected on the Catholic News Agency article, an overwhelming number of listeners called in to voice their displeasure with that notion. Later on in the show, Dr. Anthony Dardano, a retired OBGYN in Boca Raton, Florida as well as the associate dean of Florida Atlantic University, calls in to talk about the Cause for Canonization of Fr. Vincent Capadanno. He was involved in the investigation of the medical miracles attributed to the Servant of God as well as for Titus Brandsma.
Also, Fr. Leo Patalinghug calls in to talk with Gus on a few topics. First, the Globe Theater has decided to portray St. Joan of Arc in a new play as a non-binary, queer person with they/them pronouns. This discussion leads to how we respond to the gender dysphoria issue and family, friends and/or loved ones caught up in the gender/LGBTQ+ plus movement.
I completely agree with Lieutenant Colonel Mark Helms that halting the Cause for Fr. Capodanno’s would be ridiculous. However, it would not surprise with the current leadership of the Church. What does the war in Ukraine have to do with anything this man did? I am shocked that this is even a discussion item.
100% disagree with the consultants notion that Cause for Father Capodanno’s should be stopped and not appropriate because of military actions like Ukraine. That argument makes no sense at all. More than ever, the Church needs to raise up Father Vince for Veneration. His heroic virtue and example would inspire many in the Church. I thought the comment honestly was flippant. That consultant needs to get better informed about the virtuous life of Father Capodanno. Maybe the consultant should travel to Wash. D.C. and walk the solemn path of the Vietnam War Memeorial. The names of 57,000 young souls are depicted on the Wall, including Father Capodanno’s name. Maybe sometime when the consultant is at Mass, think briefing about what a privilege it is to worship freely in this country, and the sacrifice that many in the military made to insure that very freedom. No, the military shouldn’t be swept aside during this time, nor should the Cause of Father Vince.