Fr Anthony Bellagamba a Consolata Missionary is a former professor of pastoral theology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). His appointment as postulator coincided with the sixth anniversary of Cardinal Otunga’s death.
The postulator coordinates the beatification process, leading a commission of church experts who collect and collate all information from written and oral testimonies about the candidate’s life. “The purpose is to collect information, any type of information, that would prove whether he practiced the evangelical virtues in a heroic way or not,” Fr Bellagamba who was 82 then, told CISA.
The process will be long and delicate, bringing under scrutiny every detail of Cardinal Otunga’s life. A key member of the beatification commission is the promoter of justice. “He represents the opposition point of view, namely, all the things that will hold the process unless the other members are able to explain why that happened,” Fr Bellagamba explained.
At the end of the diocesan phase, the archbishop of Nairobi shall deliver a ruling on the suitability of Cardinal Otunga for beatification, based on the findings of the commission. If the result is positive, the archdiocese will send all the documentation to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.