Monday, June 4, 2018

The Cause of Father Augustus Tolton

From Crux:
The first African American priest in the U.S. could become the country’s first African American saint as his cause took another step forward this week. A document summarizing the life, virtue, and alleged miracles of Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton, known as the positio, was unanimously approved as historically correct by a committee of six Vatican officials this week, clearing the way for the priest’s cause for canonization to continue moving forward.

Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago and diocesan postulator for the Tolton cause, called the approval a “very positive sign going forward” and noted its significance for the African American Catholic Community. “Father Tolton lived during a particularly tumultuous time in American history especially for race relations,” Perry said in a statement. “He was a pioneer of his era for inclusiveness drawing both blacks and whites to his parish in Quincy. However, due to his race, he suffered discrimination and condemnation. The beatification and canonization of Father Tolton will signal a significant milestone in the history of black Catholicism in the United States.”
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