Monday, August 04, 2008

Saintly Remains

Andrew Sullivan had some provocative thoughts today on the move to exhume the remains of John Henry Newman.

Catholic officials in England are seeking to place Cardinal Newman's remains more in a prominent location in anticipation of his beatification (the penultimate step in being recognized as a saint).

I know it sounds odd to move a body -- but it's not uncommon in the annals of the Church. It's a way to build greater knowledge of the saint among the Faithful.

In fact, here in NYC, the remains of Paulist Father Isaac Hecker were moved from a mausoleum under the Church of St. Paul the Apostle (which Hecker founded) into a large sarcophagus located upstairs in the church itself. Hecker's sainthood cause is in its early stages.

The photo of Cardinal Newman's grave marker, above right, is from here.

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