The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, said in an interview with Vatican Insider that there is no longer any doctrinal reservation standing against the beatification of Archbishop Oscar A. Romero and that, “under Francis’ pontificate, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is moving the process along even faster.” The prefect’s words do not contain much that is new, but they constitute the highest level confirmation of several previously-known points.
- Archbishop Müller confirms that Pope Benedict XVI had accelerated the process for obtaining the “green light” from the CDF.
- The Prefect states that the CDF had given approval for the beatification during Ratzinger’s pontificate.
- Müller also confirmed his own view of Romero as “a great witness of the faith” for the church.
Follow-up: Reactions came quickly in El Salvador, at the highest level after the news was reported in the local press. On Saturday, Pres. Mauricio Funes boasted that the beatification process was moving along faster than expected, during his weekly radio broadcast. And on Sunday, the Archbishop of San Salvador, José Luis Escobar Alas, said that the canonization of Msgr. Romero would be “the greatest thing that could happen to this country.”