Post by David Amicus Post by Graham Post by David Amicus
Today 8 February is the anniversary of her martyrdom.
I wonder if the cause for her sainthood has been introduced?
http://www.academia.edu/245325/The_canonisation_of_Mary_Queen_of_Scots - "Although her beatification had the public approval and support of Pope Benedict XV (1914-22), whether for reasons of political sensitivity or simply the absence of miracles, it remained unresolved and was allowed to slip quietly into oblivion."
Aren't there miracle exceptions for martyrs?
And though not a martyr I think that Pope Francis waived the miracles for the canonization of Pope John XXIII.
Mary Queen of Scots and rightful Queen of England - pray for us!
It's never been ascertained for sure what level of involvement, if any, Mary had in the assassination of her 1st husband (Henry, Lord Darnley) at Kirk O'Field. I imagine that this might be somewhat of an impediment to her canonization.
Actually,during her reign as Scottish queen, Mary, though Catholic herself, strove to maintain an equitable balance between Catholicism and Calvinistic Protestantism. It wasn't until her long captivity in England that she began to portray herself as a devout Catholic , and this was probably partly for political reasons, in order to retain the support of the French and Spanish monarchs, as well as the English Catholics, who wanted to use her to replace Queen Elizabeth. She was quite circumspect and discreet about it, though. Towards the end, aware that she was to be executed, she then presented herself as a martyr for the Catholic faith.