I had always thought that once the Church proclaimed someone a “Blessed” then that basically meant that they are a saint and in Heaven, but they aren’t canonized yet. I thought that since they already displayed a miracle, then they’re a saint. Is the reversal of a beatification possible? Could someone explain to me why 2 stages are necessary for someone to be proclaimed a “Saint”?
This coming December, my parish’s youth group will go out on a retreat, and the theme of the retreat is the Blessed Trinity, and since we have relics of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, we were discussing putting her relics on display to a certain side of the chapel that we are having the retreat in, but I recently read that it is forbidden to publicly address prayers to a Blessed and put their relics up for exposition.
Blesseds may receive public veneration at the local or regional level, usually restricted to those dioceses or religious institutes closely associated with the person’s life. “Public veneration” in this use of the term doesn’t mean that it is done in public; rather,that it is an act done by the clergy, or delegated laity, in the name of the Church (Mass, Divine Office, images in churches etc.), even if done in private. On the other hand, “private veneration” means veneration by individuals or groups acting in their own name, even if done “in public.” While the Church restricts the public venration of Blesseds, Catholics are free to privately venerate them.
So does this mean that we cannot display relics of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity during our retreat this December?
Thanks and God bless!