Angelo Amato, S.D.B.
|Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints|
Cardinal Amato in 2015.
|See||Santa Maria in Aquiro|
|Appointed||9 July 2008|
|Predecessor||José Saraiva Martins, CMF|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria in Aquiro|
|Ordination||22 December 1967|
|Consecration||6 January 2003
by Pope John Paul II
|Created Cardinal||20 November 2010
by Pope Benedict XVI
|Birth name||Angelo Amato|
8 June 1938 |
Molfetta, Apulia, Italy
|Motto||Sufficit gratia mea (My grace is sufficient)|
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Angelo Amato, S.D.B. (born 8 June 1938) is a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He served as Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2002 to 2008 and became a cardinal in 2010.
He was ordained a priest on 22 December 1967, becoming a member of the Salesians of Saint John Bosco. He studied at the Salesian Pontifical University gaining a licenitate in philosophy, specializing in Christology. In 1972 he began to teach at the Salesian as an assistant. In 1974 he obtained his doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University with a dissertation on The Tridentine pronouncements on the need for sacramental confession in canons 6–9, Session XIV.
In the years 1978 to 1979 he was a fellow of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Thessaloniki in Greece, at the monastery Orthodox Moní Vlatádon, home of the renowned Institute of patriarchal patristic studies. In 1988 he spent a sabbatical year in Washington, DC, USA, where he began to study the theology of religions.
His publications include: Trinità in contesto, Biblioteca di Scienze Religiose 110 (Roma: LAS, 1994); La Catechesi al traguardo. Studi sul Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica, a cura di Angelo Amato, Enrico dal Covolo e Achille M. Triacca, Biblioteca di Scienze Religiose 127 (Roma: LAS, 1997); Il vangelo del Padre (Bologna: EDB, 1998); Gesù il Signore. Saggio di cristologia, Corso di Teologia Sistematica 4 (Bologna: EDB, 1999); Maria e la Trinità. Spiritualità mariana ed esistenza cristiana – Alma Mater (Roma: San Paolo Edizioni, 2000); Il celibato di Gesù (Città del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2010); I santi della chiesa (Città del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2010).
Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
On 19 December 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him as Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and titular archbishop of Sila. He was consecrated bishop on 6 January 2003 by Pope John Paul II with archbishops Leonardo Sandri and Antonio Maria Vegliò serving as co-consecrators.
In an April 2007 address to chaplains, he denounced same-sex marriage and abortion and criticized the Italian media's coverage of them, saying that they are evils "that remain almost invisible" due to media presentation of them as an "expression of human progress."
Galileo Galilei treatment
The belief that the Catholic Church persecuted Galileo Galilei for pointing out that the Earth goes round the Sun was quite wrong, the Secretary of the Vatican's Doctrinal Congregation, Archbishop Amato claimed. Citing a letter recently discovered in the Vatican's archive, Archbishop Amato said it proved the church had treated him very well.
The letter, sent by the Commissioner of the Holy Office to Francesco Barberini in 1633, expressed the Pope's concern that the trial of the scientist accused of heresy be concluded quickly as his health was poor. Archbishop Amato told the Italian weekly magazine Famiglia Cristiana that the letter proved that the church's attitude to the great astronomer was benign.
Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
After the 2005 Papal conclave, Amato was the first person received in private audience by the new Pope Benedict XVI, who until his election had been Prefect of the Congregation of which Amato continued to be Secretary until 9 July 2008, when Pope Benedict named him Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Thus, Amato oversees the process which leads to the canonisation of saints, which includes preparing a case, including the approval of certified miracles. The case is presented to the pope, who decides whether or not to proceed with beatification or canonisation. Amato is the second CDF Secretary to lead the Causes of Saints dicastery, the first being Alberto Bovone.
Angelo Amato, SDB
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|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
On 6 July 2010 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. On 16 October 2010 he was appointed by Pope Benedict as a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for a five-year renewable term. It will be renewed until his 80th birthday. Being resident in Rome, he is invited to attend not only the plenary meetings of those departments, which in principle are held every year, but also the ordinary meetings.
Amato was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Deacon of S. Maria in Aquiro by Pope Benedict XVI in the consistory of 20 November 2010. On 29 December 2010 Cardinal Amato was appointed member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
On Friday 14 January 2011, Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree attributing a miracle to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God, Pope John Paul II, clearing the way for his beatification, which took place on 1 May 2011. Cardinal Amato said that the "Papal dispensation of the 5-year waiting period before opening a cause, and the second was the placing of the cause on a 'fast track' that by-passed the waiting list. There were, however, no corners cut with regard to the rigor and accuracy of procedure. The case was treated like any other, following all the steps prescribed by the law of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. On the contrary, if I may speak further to one of my first observations: precisely in order to honor the dignity and the memory of this great Pope, to avoid any doubt and overcome any difficulties, the case was subjected to particularly careful scrutiny."
Amato was considered papabile for the papal conclave of 2013 but it was Jorge Mario Bergoglio who emerged as Pope Francis. In June 2013 Cardinal Amato reached the age of 75 and therefore submitted his age induced resignation to the pope.
A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Paul VI was discovered, voted on, and was approved on 9 May 2014 by Pope Francis in an audience with Cardinal Amato. The beatification ceremony for Paul VI was held on 19 October 2014, which means that the late pope will be called "Blessed".
- "Rinuncia del Prefetto della Congregazione delle Cause dei Santi e Nomina del Nuovo Prefetto" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 9 July 2008.
- Pullella, Philip (April 23, 2007). "Gay marriage evil, abortion terrorism: Vatican". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
- "Vatican rewrites history to insist it did not persecute Galileo". The Independent. Published: 23 August 2003. Archived: 19 September 2011.
- "Pope names new head of saint-making office". Associated Press. 9 July 2008. Archived from the original on 14 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
- Press Office of the Holy See
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- Pope John Paul II to be beatified 1 May 2011
- "One of These Men Will Be The Next Pope". Business Insider. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- "Pope Paul VI to be beatified October 19, 2014". Vatican Radio. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
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