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The Rev. Stanley Rother canonization efforts continuing

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley says canonization efforts for the Rev. Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala, are continuing into another phase.
by Carla Hinton Published: April 28, 2012
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He said an individual in Rome will now go through all of the presented material and place the relevant information in a single volume that clearly shows Rother died a martyr for his Christian faith.

Coakley said this process likely will take between one and two years. He said the single volume of information about Rother will then be presented to the pope, who will decide if the slain priest's cause for canonization should be taken to the next level: beatification.

Coakley said he was pleased to see Rother's canonization process continue smoothly.

“In light of some of the disturbing news in the last 10 years or so with the priest sex abuse scandal in the American church, it's very important that we lift up truly heroic and saintly priests to remind people that the vast majority of priests are good, holy and faithful servants of the Lord,” he said.

The following is information regarding the steps to sainthood, from sources including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic News Service and


Five years must pass from the time of a candidate's death.

The bishop of the diocese in which the candidate died must begin the investigation-examination process, starting the canonization process.

A church commission reviews the candidate's life, works and miracles.

The pope proclaims candidate is “venerable,” a role model of Roman Catholic virtues.


Church recognizes candidate as “blessed,” indicating he or she lived a life of heroic virtue.

At least one authenticated miracle attributed to the candidate's intercession is required. (If the commission judges the candidate was killed out of hatred for the faith, no miracle is required for beatification.)


Another authenticated miracle is attributed to the candidate.

Candidate is given the title “saint,” indicating he or she is a model for living a spiritual life.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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