Pembroke church deacon’s miracle on hold

Staff reports

Jack Sullivan, a deacon at St. Thecla’s Church, says he was healed after praying to British Cardinal John Henry Newman. A Catholic panel says it needs more time to decide if the 19th century cardinal is a candidate for sainthood.

That, for the time being, puts the journey to sainthood for 19th-century British Cardinal John Henry Newman on hold.

A panel of theologians that was to vote Tuesday on the nature of Sullivan’s recovery has asked for more time to study the case for the cardinal’s beatification, the Boston archdiocese newspaper, The Pilot, reported.

Cardinal Newman can be beatified if Sullivan’s recovery is deemed to have been a miracle. A second miracle is needed for the Catholic church to declare him a saint.

Sullivan, a longtime Plymouth District Court magistrate, has said Cardinal Newman bestowed that second miracle on New Hampshire teen Andrew Munroe, who suffered a devastating brain injury in a car accident in 2006.

Munroe, now 19, was given little chance of recovery and doctors had suggested at one time that his parents consider ending life support.

But after members of his parish prayed to the cardinal, Munroe regained his ability to speak and was able to walk with a cane.

Sullivan has said he is not at liberty to say anything about the beatification process until official word comes from the pope.

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