Have you had an experience of praying for the intercession of the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin and having your prayers answered? The tribunal appointed for the cause for his beatification would like to hear from you.
In 2013 the Holy See gave permission for the opening of the Diocesan Inquiry for the cause of beatification, thereafter the late Archbishop had the title “Servant of God”.
Members of the Diocesan Tribunal who were appointed to conduct investigations received their mandates and took oaths of secrecy at a special Mass at Our Lady of Fatima RC, Curepe, December 9, 2013.
Postulator for the cause Fr Christopher Lumsden, speaking after Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the 21st anniversary of the death of Archbishop Pantin, gave an update.
He said the process began a couple years ago with a Board of Enquiry established to do interviews. The public was invited to give their testimonies about the life of Archbishop Pantin, his heroic values and “great things he did” in a simple way.
Fr Lumsden called on the public to provide testimony of his intercessory power and prayers which were answered. While the Board has done interviews, he said anyone who still wants to give testimony can still do so as this process was to be completed.
He said Archbishop Pantin was a prolific writer and disclosed that all his writings including his ‘Ask Me Another’ articles were being reviewed by a group of theological censors to determine if there was anything contrary to faith, morals, and magisterium of the Church— the authority to teach the truths of religion.
A biography is also being written on Archbishop Pantin. “All of these things and a lot of other things are put together and sent to Rome,” Fr Lumsden said.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints will review everything and decide if he will be beatified and called Blessed Anthony Pantin.
Fr Lumsden said, “then we wait for a miracle to be done by Anthony Pantin. We pray for a miracle, so you can start praying for a miracle from now, if he worked a miracle, by that miracle to be declared a saint.” Another round of thorough investigations takes place into the miracle.