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Witness Interrogation Questions

 

Apostolic Process

WITNESS QUESTIONING

 

With the aim of facilitating the reading of each testimony, here is a summary of the subject matter of the sixty-six questions that were put to the witnesses during interrogation.

 

1 – Does the witness understand the seriousness of the oath, sworn under penalty of potential excommunication?

2 - Presentation of the Witness.

3 - Sacramental practice of the witness.

4 – Has the witness been publicly accused of a crime?

5 – Has the witness been excommunicated?

6 - Is the witness driven by natural, human reasons? Has the witness been pressurised with regard to their testimony?

7 - Did the witness know the Servant of God personally? Have they heard of her? Have they read any publications concerning her, or any unpublished handwritten documents, and if so, where are they kept?

8 - Does the witness have a particular devotion to the Servant of God?

9 - What do they know of her birth, parents, and brothers and sisters?

10 - What do they know of her childhood, teenage years, and education? What do they know of her character, health and illnesses, first confession and communion, and sacramental practice?

11 - What do they know of the origins and development of her vocation, of the obstacles she encountered, and of her trip to Rome?

12 - Noviciate and profession. - Monastic life: observances and Divine Offices.

13 - Obedience to the commandments of God and the Church. Respect for the obligations of her status.

14 - Exercise of theological and cardinal virtues.

15 - Faith and deeds of faith.

16 - Ministry and missionary spirit.

17 - Worship of the principal mysteries of faith. - Liturgical spirituality and respect for all that concerns divine worship.

18 - The Eucharistic mystery.

19 - Feast days.

20 - Respect for the Word of God and the Magisterium of the Church. - Attitude with regards to the Roman Catholic Church.

21 - Attitude and devotion with regards to the Blessed Mother of God, and also the Angels, her Guardian Angel and the Saints.

22 - Theological virtue of hope. The Servant of God’s attitude concerning eternal life and temporal possessions.

23 - Practice of the virtue of hope in the fulfilment of her vocation.

24 - Difficulties encountered: on the part of whom and on what occasions? Illnesses? Satan?

25 - The Servant of God’s reactions.

26 - Did she help others practise the virtue of hope?

27 - Love for God. - Mortal and venial sins committed by the Servant of God.

28 - Uniting her will with Divine Will.

29 - Silent prayer, spoken prayer, and thoughts and words on God.

30 - Her attitude during liturgical services and when receiving the sacraments.

31 - Her remorse for faults committed by sinners.

32 - Her exercise of fraternal love out of love for God.

33 - Merciful works, exhortations, and penances.

34 - Helping those in need, forgiving offences.

35 - Reasons, natural or otherwise, for her merciful deeds. Generosity in the accomplishment of her duties.

36 - Saving souls from purgatory.

37 - Virtue of prudence: its spiritual character and practice.

38 - Prudence in giving advice, warnings, and in day-to-day affairs.

39 - Virtue of justice. Virtue of religion.

40 - Justice in her interactions with her neighbour. - Obedience and submission.

41 - Virtue of temperance - Food, drink, and sleep.

42 - Virtue of strength. Opportunity to practise it laboriously: frailties, illnesses and other difficulties.

43 - Chastity: temptation and discipline of the senses.

44 - Poverty: failings and practice.

45 - Obedience to her parents, then to her superiors.

46 - Humility: words, examples, writings.

47 - The heroic nature of the Servant of God’s virtues.

48 - Excessive penance or other excesses.

49 - “Extraordinary” gifts (prophecies, reading consciences, transports, visions, apparitions etc.).

50 - Miracles, healings accomplished during her lifetime.

51 - The Servant of God’s writings (notes, tracts, booklets, prayers, letters, etc.). Appraisals.

52 - What does the witness know of the Servant of God’s last illness?

53 - Of the state of her body when she died? Of her funeral?

54 - Of her burial? Of a transferral of her remains?

55 - What does the witness know of any outward displays of religious worship and unwarranted veneration?

56 - Has the witness visited the Servant of God’s burial place? What do they know of the number and social status of the faithful who visit it? Does this pious movement appear to be growing or not? Does it originate from industrious zeal?

57 - Spiritual renown of Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus in her lifetime and after her death.

58 - Does her reputation for holiness arouse any opposition? If so, of what nature? On the part of whom?

59 - Blessings and miracles granted after her death.

60 - Healings known to the witness personally.

61 - Medical details to be provided if necessary.

62 and 63 - Any other details.

64 - Why was this specific recovery attributed to Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus?

65 - Opinions of the beneficiary’s doctors, relatives, entourage and of the witness themselves as to the healing.

66 – The witness is invited to complete or to correct part or all of the statements made during the questioning.

 

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