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The Beatification of Fr. Rosmini is a great event for the Church: it is not only a public expression of the heroic virtues of the Servant of God that make him a model to imitate and that allow the faithful to publicly venerate him, but it is also a full acceptance by the Church of his spirituality and charism, and a solemn declaration that the spiritual path traced by him is in accordance with the Gospel and leads to Christ.
Thus, the beatification of Fr. Rosmini is both the closing of an era and the beginning of a new one. The long, dark days of the “Rosminian Question” have been swept away by the light shed by the Documents of Vatican II and the subsequent statements from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, especially the “Nota” issued on 1st July 2001 by the will of John Paul II and with the signatures of the Cardinals Joseph Ratzinger and Tarcisio Bertone:
“The reasons for anxiety and doctrinal doubts that prompted the promulgation of the decree “Post Obitum” – [condemning 40 propositions taken from works published mainly after Fr. Rosmini’s death] – are now to be considered obsolete, since it is clear that what was thought to be motivation for doubts and difficulties does not belong properly to the authentic position of Rosmini”.
It has now become obvious to every unbiased Catholic philosopher or theologian that Fr. Rosmini’s vast literary production not only does not contain anything which is not in perfect accordance with the doctrines of the Church but that it actually makes a tremendous contribution for a deeper and clearer understanding based on strong and solid philosophical and theological principles.