“The Vatican announced the canonization date March 10. St. Faustina’s elevation to the honors of the altar follows the miraculous healing of an American priest. The Vatican announced Dec. 20 that the 1995 healing of Father Ron Pytel of Baltimore, Maryland, was a miracle. This set the stage for the Faustina’s canonization.Her canonization on Mercy Sunday (the second Sunday of the Easter season) took place on the same Sunday on which she was beatified in 1993. She is the first saint of the new millennium.The healing of Fr. Pytel follows the 1981 miraculous healing of Lee, Massachusetts, resident Maureen Digan. The recognition of her healing as a miracle in December of 1992 led to St. Faustina’s beatification.”
On a personal note, John Paul II was deeply moved at the canonization of his beloved Sister Faustina. “This is the happiest day of my life,” the Pope reportedly told Dr. Valentin Fuster on the day of the canonization. Dr. Valentin was the cardiologist who investigated the healing of Fr. Ron Pytel, which was recognized as the miracle needed for the canonization of Faustina. The doctor was one of the principal guests at a buffet held at the Vatican after the canonization.
On Oct. 5, 1995, the Feast Day of St. Faustina (who was then a blessed), Fr. Ron Pytel and some friends gathered for prayer at Holy Rosary Church, which is also the Baltimore archdiocesan Shrine of The Divine Mercy. After a time of prayer for the healing of his heart through Sr. Faustina’s intercession, Fr. Ron venerated a relic of St. Faustina and collapsed. He felt paralyzed, but was completely at peace. A subsequent visit to his cardiologist showed that his heart had been healed.
The Catholics have no evidence. Father Pytel’s condition has been known to spontaneously cure itself (Preuss KC, Chapman PD, Ptacin MJ, Keelan MH, Bamrah VS. Clin Cardiol. 1988 Jul;11(7):497-500), he was on medication, he had been surgically treated with an artificial valve–there was nothing spontaneous about it. Was the resolution of his disease unusual–yes, and the unusual happens all the time in medicine. Is it unexplainable given our current knowledge? Yes; that’s why people like me still have jobs. There was no skeptical investigation published; only the “investigation” of the Catholic canonization committee into an intercession supposedly by a well-beloved Sister already on her way to sainthood. The medical professionals on that committee did NOT rule that Pytel’s recovery was impossible; only that it could not be explained with our current scientific knowledge. I will reiterate what was said before: there exists no examples of miracles that have withstood skeptical scrutiny.
Today I am attending the Memorial Service in memory of Dr. Fortuin. I thought of just leaving the blog quiet. That’s hard. So, I decided to tell you a little bit about my experiences with him.
St Faustina’s story above is pure propaganda nonsense. Faustina (Helena Kowalska) follows a familiar pattern. She was one of ten children born into poverty, uneducated and only semi-literate. No wonder she craved attention. Her ‘visions’ told her to institute a cult of the Divine Mercy, which became another sally in the age-old debate between local cults and Vatican central authority. Being uneducated she did her best, but made some theological gaffes and the Vatican disapproved.
As to sister Faustina, or St MARY FAUSTINA KOWALSKA, she was a Marian and still in the Roman Catholic church. How can she be a true visionary as God would have led her out?
1. It turns out that 5 doctors were on the panel and one of them voted against… Things are turning out to be not quite as clear-cut as the article made out.
2. In all those people who are suffering from one ailment or another, we have seen two so-called miracles? Meanwhile this exact same sort of ‘miracle’ is seen in hospitals around the world every single day. These two ‘healings’ out of the millions that have been there almost define what a “random event” is.
It was 1995 and the Rev. Ronald P. Pytel of Baltimore’s Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church believed he was dying. He and his parishioners prayed to Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who had been recently beatified, and suddenly the congestive heart failure and degenerative aortic valve that doctors had said would be the end of Pytel were healed.
The Rev. Ronald P. Pytel, the pastor of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Southeast Baltimore whose recovery from a life-threatening heart condition was declared a miracle by Vatican authorities four years ago, died of kidney cancer Monday at a home he restored in Middle Way, W.Va. He was 56.
On November 3, 2003, REV. RONALD P. PYTEL, beloved son of the late Peter R. and Jeannette L. Pytel (nee Grocki); loving brother of Michael E. Pytel and his wife Linda A. Pytel; cherished uncle of Jessica L. Pytel; lifelong friend of Rev. Larry J. Gesy. Also survived by many friends and his parish family. Father Ron will lie in state in Holy Rosary Church, 400 S. Chester St on Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The author has open before him 1,650 pages describing the earlier life of John Paul II in the most intricate detail. They are written by his three English language biographers and published after the beatification of Mary Faustina Kowalska. Yet she is not mentioned. Nevertheless Roman Catholic news agencies insist that the Pope realised her greatness from his earliest days.
As there was no obvious candidate for beatification, the necessary legends have had to be created. John Paul II’s ingenuity and determination in this matter, as in much else, is notable. For by 18th April 1993, with a huge crowd filling St Peters Square, he was able to beatify one Mary Faustina Kowalska, Apostle of Divine Mercy, to take on his much needed role.
The story of St. Faustina Kowalska is simple enough. Born in 1905 into a Polish farm family, she had only three years of schooling before she began work as a domestic. She began to ask about being a nun at 14, but her parents were opposed. At 18 she entered the Sisters of Our Lady of Divine Mercy. To all outward appearances she led a quiet life, working as a cook, gardener and porter. Frequently ill, she died of tuberculosis in 1938.
On October 5, 1995, the feast day of Blessed Faustina, I experienced a total healing of my severely damaged heart after praying for her intercession. During the investigative process regarding my healing, I had the privilege of meeting Pope John Paul II on two different occasions. I can personally say that he is a man of deep prayer who emanates sanctity and deep compassion. – Rev. Ronald P. Pytel
1. “Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus, quoniam in saeculum misericordia eius”; “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever” (Ps 118: 1). So the Church sings on the Octave of Easter, as if receiving from Christ’s lips these words of the Psalm; from the lips of the risen Christ, who bears the great message of divine mercy and entrusts its ministry to the Apostles in the Upper Room: “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you…. Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (Jn 20: 21-23).
A Polish nun who will be canonized next month is the inspiration for a conference in Winter Haven next weekend. “I prayed to her constantly,” said the Rev. Ron Pytel of Holy Rosary Church in Baltimore. He was referring to Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who died in 1938 and is about to become canonized. Pytel’s experience in the throes of heart failure is one reason the Roman Catholic Church is elevating her to sainthood.
Four years ago, The Rev. Ronald P. Pytel’s doctors took one look at his severely damaged heart and said he could die at any time. Months later, in a recovery doctors struggled to explain, he was found to be problem-free, taken off medication and sent home. Yesterday, Pope John Paul II declared that his cure was a miracle.
More than 1,800 Roman Catholics from the Archdiocese of Baltimore will assemble today in a biennial pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.