643 Finally a conclusion was reached by the Congregation of Rites on 23 July In

643 finally a conclusion was reached by the

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643 Finally, a conclusion was reached by the Congregation of Rites on 23 July. In response to the question on the appropriateness of introducing the cause of beatification and canonisation of Don Bosco, the vote of the cardinals and their consultants was affirmative. The following day Pius X signed the document, which was dated 28 July 1907. An exultant Fr Marenco wrote to Fr Rua on the day the Pope signed, ‘Now you can beat the drums and ring the bells!’ 644 The decree Supremus humanae familiae ratifying the introduction of the cause ‘for the beatification and canonisation of the Ven. Servant of God, John Bosco, priest and founder of the Pious Salesian Society’ signed by the Cardinal Prefect, Serafino Cretoni, situated his life and work in the wake of the holy priest educators of modern times: As in former times, so in our own day, God the supreme author of the human family, watches over Christian society with particular care, coming to its aid with opportune help and remedies, in the persons of outstanding men, illustrious for resplendent and practical virtues. During their lives they seemed to communicate to all, their own spirit and their own life-giving fervour. Among those, in the last century, divine Providence sent as an ornament and defence of his Church the priest John Bosco who, following in the footsteps of holy men such as Joseph Calasanz, Vincent de Paul, John Baptist de la Salle and other similar saints, together with the Pious Salesian Society which he founded and with other works, consecrated himself entirely to the salvation of souls and especially to the education of the young in piety, humanities and trades, becoming all things to all men, so as to lead all to salvation. 645 There was no reference in this document to Don Bosco’s miraculous gifts either during his life or after his death. His whole life and works were simply to be considered as a sort of ‘theophany’, reserved to the Church in difficult times, as Peter Stella writes 641 Carlo Salotti’s long defence (81 pages), called the Responsio, dated 10 April 1907, appears as an appendix to the Positio super Introductione Causae , 1907. 642 Letter of G Marenco to M Rua, Rome, 7 January 1907, in FdR 3830D3-4. 643 Letter of G Marenco to M Rua, Rome,10 April 1907, in FdR 3830D12-E3. 644 Letter of G Marenco to M Rua, Rome, 24 July 1907, in FdR 3831A1-4. 645 This long Latin decree with a translation beside it was published in the September 1907 issue of the Bollettino Salesiano, 260-265. 292
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with insight and critical acumen. 646 Fr.Marenco lost no time in telegraphing the news on 24 July, he then went to Turin to give the document personally to Fr Rua. The Rector Major was jubilant. The document sanctioned the ‘Venerability’ of Don Bosco. Overflowing with joy, on 6 August he circulated among the Salesians a letter completely dedicated to the event.
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