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Week of August 27, 2007
Knights' founders' beatification backed by Cardinal Bertone
Fr. Michael McGivney began world's largest lay Catholic organization
By ANDY TELLI
"Every Christian is called by Christ to carry out a particular mission in the Church."
- Cardinal Bertone
"This holy priest, however, like Peter in the Gospel story, found the faith and the courage to walk steadfastly toward Christ, and to inspire others by his leadership," the cardinal added.
Like Peter in the Gospel, Bertone said, McGivney answered God's call when he became a priest.
"He also helped others to recognize the call that Christ addressed to them, and to respond generously," he said. "This was the key to his apostolic vision in founding the Knights. . . . He knew that it is not only priests and religious who have a vocation, but that every Christian is called by Christ to carry out a particular mission in the Church."
The process for canonization for Father McGivney was launched in December 1997 by the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. McGivney was a priest of the then-Diocese of Hartford.
The archdiocesan phase of the canonization process has been completed and the case has been presented to the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes.
A miracle connected to McGivney has been reported to the congregation, but there has been no ruling on it yet.
Bertone continued his comments on McGivney in his address during a special gala banquet in his honour Aug. 8.
The cardinal said McGivney "had a deep appreciation for the special characteristics of the lay vocation as being thoroughly immersed in the spheres of the family, civil society and public life.
"He made it his goal to develop practical ways of ensuring that faith could be put into concrete action."
But, the cardinal added, McGivney understood that good works lose their deeper meaning "if they are not rooted in faith."
The laity face many obstacles to living a life of faith, Bertone said.
"It is no surprise then that Christians often encounter resistance, opposition and even persecution in the world," he said.
"In short, being a Catholic in the world today takes courage," Bertone said, "yet it takes no more courage than it did when Jesus called his first disciples in Galilee."
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