Dorothy’s cause

I guess someone has finally paid attention to the Dorothy Day — Sainthood Now! bumper sticker on my car.

From the USCCB yesterday:

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops will engage in a canonical consultation regarding the cause for canonization of Dorothy Day, a pacifist and convert to Catholicism from New York City.

This consultation will take place during the bishops’ General Assembly November 12-15 in Baltimore.

I was not familiar with this particular aspect of the canonization process and don’t remember hearing about it related to other causes in the past.  I suppose that’s because it’s more often a local/regional affair, whereas Cardinal Dolan has chosen to make this one, for the bishops, a national one. The release explains:

The canonical consultation is a procedural step in the process toward canonization. Church law governing canonizations as found in the Vatican document Sanctorum Mater requires that the diocesan bishop promoting a canonization cause to consult at least with the regional bishops conference on the advisability of pursuing the cause. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and head of the Archdiocese of New York, is seeking the consultation of the full body of bishops.

The full text of the USCCB release, including a summary of Dorothy’s life and work, is here.

It’ll be a fine day when this canonization happens. If you’ve never read Dorothy’s diaries, they’re well worth the time. The words on those pages are arresting in the way they reveal, at the time same, her radiant sanctity and her undeniable humanity.

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