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Sainthood Denied: Battlefield Priest Hero, Too "Rigid" for the Vatican

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Sainthood Denied: Battlefield Priest Hero, Too "Rigid" for the Vatican

Long before the spirit of Vatican II had reinvented the Catholic priest in the image and likeness of Jimmy Martin, there were so many heroes numbered among Catholic priests that even Hollywood used to make movies about them. On the Waterfront, Bells of Saint Mary, Miracle of the Bells, Boys Town, Scarlet and the Black, I Confess, etc, are just a few that come to mind.

Today, it's different. Whether it was the more than 2,500 Catholic priests who were murdered by the Nazis at the Dachau concentration camp, or the thousands killed or tortured alongside József Cardinal Mindszenty under the Soviet regime, or the untold numbers of military chaplains who gave their lives on the battlefields of WW I, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, they are the unsung heroes the world and the Church, but now the Vatican would have us forget about that.

“With ongoing military actions in the world today (think Ukraine), raising someone from the military for veneration may not be appropriate for our Church,” one consultant wrote.

Navy chaplain and war hero, Lt. Vincent Capodanno, is a wonderful example of what the Catholic priesthood used to be.

He laid down his life for his friends, but that evidently wasn't enough for the woke snowflakes inside the Vatican who think Pope Paul VI should be canonized for wrecking the Roman Rite and overseeing the most catastrophic era of apostasy in the history of the Catholic Church. But NOT, apparently, for Fr. Capodanno.

See more on the Fr. Capodanno canonization setback below. But, first, here's a RTV video about the hero priest who is evidently just too darn Catholic to be canonized a saint under the Great Reset pontificate of the most woke pope in history:

THE GRUNT PADRE: A Military Chaplain Who Died a Hero


At the Vatican, the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints is responsible for canonization decisions. The theological consultants of this dicastery wrote individually to Dr. Nicola Gori, the postulator of Capodanno’s cause, to express their concerns.

The Fr. Capodanno Guild summarized these concerns and suggested possible responses to them:

One consultant voiced concern that the positio focuses mainly on the last year of Capodanno’s life and shows little evidence of his spiritual growth. The guild said this focus is appropriate because it is proposing beatification under the standard that the priest gave freely of his own life.

For another consultant, the fact that Maryknoll has not pursued Capodanno’s cause is a matter of concern. To this, the guild suggested a reply that the Archdiocese for Military Services took responsibility for the cause of one of its own chaplains. “Maryknoll is now supporting our efforts,” the guild said.

Another concern about the priest being “fastidiousness about his appearance” prompted another possible explanation: “This reflects the strong Italian family that he grew up in and was reinforced by the Navy and Marine Corps. It is not an indication of sinful pride.”  

“With ongoing military actions in the world today (think Ukraine), raising someone from the military for veneration may not be appropriate for our Church,” one consultant wrote.

To this, the guild responded: “No one likes war especially those who serve their countries in them. One of the most important things for these serving men and women is to have access to the Sacraments. Our chaplains selflessly give of themselves to provide these Sacraments. Pope Francis pushes strongly to ensure that chaplain priests are available for militaries.”

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.