The Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints chaired by Dr. Patrizio Polisca, Benedict XVI and Francis’ personal doctor, has called a healing attributed to Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope Paul VI, “unexplainable”.
The alleged miracle
will now have to be examined by theologians and cardinals before it
receives the Pope’s approval.
But the toughest part is over and it is
expected that Montini’s beatification will take place in the next few
From the list of reported cases of healing which
the postulator of Paul VI’s cause, Antonio Marrazzo, received, he chose
one case which early clinical tests showed as “unexplainable”. Marrazzo
chose this healing case some time ago.
A year ago, on 20 December 2012,
Benedict XVI approved the heroic virtues of Paul VI, concluding the
canonical process. Only one miracle is required for beatification.
The alleged miracle Marrazzo chose to present to
the commission, was the healing of an unborn child witnessed in
California in the early 90s.
During a woman’s pregnancy, doctors found a
serious problem in the foetus which normally results in brain damage
and advised the mother to abort.
The woman refused and decided to go
ahead with the pregnancy, trusting in the intercession of Paul V, the
Pope who wrote the “Humanae Vitae” encyclical in 1968.
The child was born without any defects but only
when the child reached puberty could doctors be certain of whether the
child had made a full recovery without any problem.
A year ago Fr.
Marrazzo told Vatican Radio that “a truly extraordinary and supernatural
event had occurred thanks to the intercession of Paul VI.”
was perfectly in line with the magisterium of Paul VI, who wrote the “Humanae Vitae”
in defence of human life, but also in defence of the family because the
document talks about conjugal love, not just about unborn life. This
healing fits in with Montini’s way of thinking.”
The debate over the late Pope’s cause has
intensified over the past year, with doctors exchanging medical opinions
until yesterday’s final verdict.
Speaking at a conference on Paul VI’s
visit to the Holy Land last November, the Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal
Angelo Scola, said the former Pope’s beatification “should be relatively