Society That Thinks Pope Pius XII Rules

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Cause For Canonization

Today in my Theology of the Church class, my professor mentioned that Pius XII was reported to have had visions of Jesus. I was immediately interested because this would help his cause for canonization. Here's what I found on two websites, Appearences of Mary and The Messengers of St. Anthony.

"There were occasional rumors of visions and "angelic" phenomema associated with Pius XII during the entire duration of his papacy (1939 - 1958). He purportedly experienced mystical visions of both Jesus and Mary. After one of these "visions" he reportedly told one of his assistants, "Mankind must prepare itself for sufferings such as it has never before experienced."

He expressed dismay at what he saw facing humanity in the not so distant future, describing those times as "the darkest since the deluge". He described the times that were unfolding as a period of great spiritual conflict, noting, "The hour has struck - the battle, the most widespread, bitter and ferocious the world has ever known, has been joined. It must be fought to the finish." He made these comments having communicated with Sister Lucia, the surviving visionary of Fatima, a correspondence which he conducted through intermediaries. Apparently as a result of these contacts, he consecrated the entire Church and the world to Mary's heart in 1942 implicitly accepting Sister Lucia's visions at Tuy and Pontevedra in the late 1920's. In the late 1940's he learned from Sr. Lucia that, failing a Church-wide collegial consecration of Russia by the bishops in unison with the Pope, the tribulations prophecized at Fatima might still be ameliorated if the world could be consecrated to Mary's Immaculate Heart. If such a consecration could be again be performed, this time with the bishops of the Church and with a special mention of Russia in the words of dedication, then the tribulations which he saw in his visions could be mitigated.

To reaffirm the trust he exhibited in the Mother of God, he also witnessed the inexplicable solar phenomena of Fatima while walking in the Vatican gardens. He wrote to one of his cardinals,
"Having lifted the papers I had in my hand, I was struck by a phenomenon I had never seen before. The sun, which was fairly high, looked like a pale yellow opaque globe completely surrounded by a luminous halo, which nevertheless did not prevent me at all from staring attentively at the sun without the slightest discomfort. A very light cloud was before it. The opaque globe began moving outward, slowly turning over upon itself, and going from left to right and vice-versa. But within the globe very strong movements could be seen in all clarity and without interruption."

After nearly 1,500 years as a common belief of many of the faithful and after nearly fifty years of intensive theological study, two days after his experiences in the Vatican garden Pius XII formally declared as Catholic Dogma that Mary was Assumed body and soul into Heaven - a doctrine known as the Assumption."