Opening of the Cause for Beatification

During a vespers service on the evening of  October 1, 2013,  Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D. of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA presided over a the formal renewal of the opening of the Cause for Beatification of Father Capodanno.  During the prayer service, Archbishop Broglio signed papers making the necessary canonical appointments for the tribunal that will gather evidence of the life and work of Father Capodanno. Monsignor Frank Pugliese signed on as Episcopal Delegate; Monsignor Thomas Olszyk, AMS Judicial Vicar, signed on as Promoter of Justice. The tribunal will work with Dr. Andrea Ambrosi of Rome, an independent legal expert on causes for sainthood. Dr. Ambrosi attended the service.

Tribunal appointees pledged to conduct their deliberations in secret, as required by canon law. To support the body, Archbishop Broglio appointed an Historical Commission to assemble the life story of Father Capodanno from available records and publications; and a Theological Commission to evaluate the priest hero’s correspondence and other writings for doctrinal accuracy. The archbishop appointed several notaries public and copyists to help with the finer details of the tribunal’s work.