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Wichita 'miracle' causes Vatican to send investigator
cna ^ | June 24, 2009

Posted on 06/24/2009 4:14:54 PM PDT by NYer

Chase Kear after his accident / Fr. Emil Kapaun

Wichita, Kan., Jun 24, 2009 / 07:15 am (CNA).- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is preparing to investigate an alleged miracle in Wichita, Kansas, where doctors are baffled by the unexplained recovery of a young man who had suffered a severe head injury in an accident that had broken his skull.

When her 20-year-old son Chase was seriously injured in a pole-vaulting accident on October 2, Paula Kear and her family began to pray fervently for the intercession of Fr. Emil Kapaun, and asked their friends to do the same.

“It was my sister who had the presence of mind, on the night of the accident, to ask if we should put Chase on the Church prayer line to pray to Fr. Kapaun,” Paula explained to CNA. The family also added Chase to the CaringBridge website and had prayer cards printed out to distribute to people at the hospital.

Chase’s father, Paul Kear, told The Wichita Eagle that the family was informed “that it was really severe, and that he had fractured his skull from ear to ear, and that there was some…bleeding on his brain.” The Kears were told by the doctors that they “didn’t have a lot of hope” for Chase, and that he would likely die either in the necessary surgery to remove the damaged piece of his skull or from an infection after the surgery.

Asked how she first heard about Fr. Emil Kapaun, Paula said his story is commonly known in the Wichita area. “My parents were about the same age as Fr. Kapaun, so I heard his name a lot growing up,” she told CNA.

“We have a prayer in our parish to Fr. Kapaun that we have prayed for several years,” Paula added. She said that the prayer for Kapaun’s intercession was said every day at  Mass.

Friends and family of the Kears joined in praying to Fr. Kapuan. “Copies of the prayer were passed around and e-mailed,” said Paula. “Everyone was praying.”

Miraculously, Chase survived the surgery and walked out of the hospital only a few weeks after the accident that had broken his skull.  “It was shortly after we got to the rehab hospital and I just saw these people that work there just amazed,” Paula told The Wichita Eagle.  The doctors were unable to explain the recovery, Chase’s parents added.

To members of the Kear family, the reason is clear. “It was a miracle,” Paula told CNA. “Absolutely a miracle.”

Chase has made a nearly-full recovery and is currently working a summer job and planning to coach pole-vaulting.

Devotion to Fr. Kapuan is strong in the Diocese of Wichita, whose website includes information about his case for canonization. 

Father Emil Kapaun was a Wichita priest and Army chaplain born in Kansas, about 60 miles north of Wichita.  During the Korean War, he was assigned to the U.S. Army's Eighth Cavalry regiment, which was overrun in late 1951 by the Chinese army in North Korea.

Kapaun courageously rescued wounded soldiers from the battlefield, risking his own life to save them from execution at the hands of the Chinese. Later taken as a prisoner of war, he heroically worked to tend to the starving and sick, praying for and ministering to his fellow prisoners.

Eventually suffering from a blood clot in his leg, Kaupan was moved to a hospital but denied medical assistance.  He died in May 1951, two years before the end of the war.

Surviving soldiers praised Kapaun for his courage and faith.  His story has been celebrated in Wichita for years, with local parishes praying to him and a Wichita high school named after him.

Fr. John Hotze, the judicial vicar of Wichita, explained to CNA that the diocese has been working with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Fr. Kapaun’s case for over a year.  This coming Friday, the Congregation will begin its investigation into the alleged miracle in Wichita, moving the process for beatification forward.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Prayer; Religion & Science
KEYWORDS: kapaun; ks; miracle; wichita

1 posted on 06/24/2009 4:14:54 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
doctors are baffled by the unexplained recovery of a young man who had suffered a severe head injury in an acciden

I first read that to say SEVERED and I was like...WOW that IS a miracle!

2 posted on 06/24/2009 4:16:40 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...


Father Emil Joseph Kapaun
 Servant of God

PRAYER

Lord Jesus,
in the midst of the folly of war,
your servant, Chaplain Emil Kapaun
spent himself in total service to you
on the battlefields and
in the prison camps of Korea,
until his death at the hands of his captors.

We now ask you, Lord Jesus,
if it be your will,
to make known to all the world
the holiness of Chaplain Kapaun and the
glory of his complete sacrifice for you by
signs of miracles and peace.

In your name, Lord, we ask,
for you are the source of peace,
the strength of our service to others,
and our final hope. 

Amen

Chaplain Kapaun, pray for us.


3 posted on 06/24/2009 4:16:54 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Cool. I’m more inclined to think prayers directly to God in Jesus name are what got the job done. But a great outcome nonetheless.

Pole vaulting, huh? Dang.


4 posted on 06/24/2009 4:17:41 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: NYer

What the article omits is that Fr. Kapaun was awarded the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Service Cross for his service during the Korean War.


5 posted on 06/24/2009 4:23:11 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: NYer

for later.


6 posted on 06/24/2009 5:27:38 PM PDT by joesjane (The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: NYer

There is a chapel and a Kaserne named after Fr. Kaupaun. A monument to him stand (stood?) before the chapel. which is in Kaiserslautern, Germany. WHAT a Guy!


7 posted on 06/24/2009 5:57:47 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: Pyro7480

The young man even looks like s Fr. Kapaun. I hopes he also shares his character


8 posted on 06/24/2009 6:00:16 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: Retired Greyhound

We happen to think that men like Joseph Kapaun have pull with the brass.


9 posted on 06/24/2009 6:02:27 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: Retired Greyhound

“I’m more inclined to think prayers directly to God in Jesus name are what got the job done.”

So do Catholics. We also believe that Fr. Kapaun did some of the praying.

Radical egalitarianism would insist that every person’s prayers are as efficacious as any other person’s.

Personally, I don’t believe that. I think Fr. Kapaun’s prayers carry a lot more weight than mine.


10 posted on 06/24/2009 6:22:47 PM PDT by dsc (A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.)
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To: Frank Sheed

ping!


11 posted on 06/24/2009 6:49:59 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("You always have a dog in the fight, whether you know it or not." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: zoomie81; SandRat; ALOHA RONNIE

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12 posted on 06/24/2009 6:54:24 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: dsc

Fr. Kapaun is dead, as are all the other people in the ground or in the sea. Dead, dead, dead. Never to rise again until the First or Second Resurrection, depending on their status.


13 posted on 06/24/2009 6:56:30 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: NYer

I’ve read a book about Fr. Kapaun. I cannot immediately recall the title, but I havn’t forgotten how inspiring it was. There is no doubt in my mind that Fr. Kapaun is a saint, and I’d love to see it become official.


14 posted on 06/24/2009 7:22:20 PM PDT by Lorica
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To: dsc
...prayers directly to God in Jesus name are what got the job done. ...We also believe that Fr. Kapaun did some of the praying.

That makes it very clear for me, dsc. I like how you phrased it. Thanks.
-- Molly K.
15 posted on 06/24/2009 7:44:19 PM PDT by Molly K.
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To: rabidralph

“Fr. Kapaun is dead, as are all the other people in the ground or in the sea. Dead, dead, dead.”

Fr. Kapaun is in Heaven. Heaven, Heaven, Heaven.

Or perhaps you deny the Transfiguration and, the presence of Moses and Elijah. The Bible says they were there, but you say they were “Dead, dead, dead.”

Let’s see, whom shall I believe? Bible, rabidralph, Bible, rabidralph, Bible, rabidralph...tough choice.


16 posted on 06/24/2009 7:51:18 PM PDT by dsc (A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.)
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To: Molly K.

Thank you very much for your kind words. I was running very low on kind words tonight.

So, I take it you’re not a Catholic?


17 posted on 06/24/2009 7:53:13 PM PDT by dsc (A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.)
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To: NYer

What a moving story!


18 posted on 06/24/2009 7:55:48 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: RobbyS

I like the way you put that!


19 posted on 06/24/2009 7:59:23 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: NYer; All

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Corporal TIBOR RUBIN:

8th Cavalry Regiment
Korean War
-Lifesaver
-Prisoner of War
-Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1486578/posts

World War II
-Holocaust Survivor

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20 posted on 06/24/2009 10:04:42 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: dsc

Believe the Bible, because that’s where I get my information.


21 posted on 06/25/2009 2:10:58 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: dsc
Fr. Kapaun is in Heaven. Heaven, Heaven, Heaven.

No.   Fr. Kapaun is in Purgatory, Purgatory, Purgatory, Purgatory.

Unless, of course, he is ultimately canonized. In which case, your statement would have been correct all along.
22 posted on 06/25/2009 2:56:53 AM PDT by GOPmember
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To: rabidralph
Believe the Bible, because that’s where I get my information.

Catholics know all about the New Testament. After all, we wrote it.

23 posted on 06/25/2009 3:15:42 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ("men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: rabidralph

“He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living, for all live to Him.”


24 posted on 06/25/2009 4:23:27 AM PDT by Tax-chick (O hai. Do I need you for something right now?)
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To: Lorica

“A Shepherd in Combat Boots,” by William Maher. Excellent book, not only about Fr. Kapaun, but about the circumstances of the Korean War. Supplements the recent comprehensive history of the Korean War (The Coldest Winter) quite effectively.


25 posted on 06/25/2009 4:26:06 AM PDT by Tax-chick (O hai. Do I need you for something right now?)
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To: NYer

What a pleasure it was to read this article and learn about Fr. Kapaun. He was an honorable, pious, and charitable man.


26 posted on 06/25/2009 4:31:50 AM PDT by Puddleglum (http://www.phawkins.com)
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To: rabidralph

But if these “dead people” are in heaven, they can pray for us... to Jesus.


27 posted on 06/25/2009 8:04:24 AM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: GOPmember

Actually, he may be in Purgatory or he may be in Heaven. God judges us each uniquely. Some souls are in Purgatory for a very short time and then brought to Heaven. Some souls will be in Purgatory expiating their sins until the end of time.

Given that this good and heroic man showed the greatest form of love by risking his life for others, and then suffered terribly at the end of his life. I’d put my money on the fact that he’s probably in Heaven by now.

There are lots of souls in Heaven who have not been officially canonized as saints. They are all saints. The canonized ones are just the ones we are sure are in Heaven.


28 posted on 06/25/2009 3:40:22 PM PDT by Melian ("Now, Y'all without sin can cast the first stone." ~H.I. McDunnough)
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To: dsc
Radical egalitarianism would insist that every person’s prayers are as efficacious as any other person’s.

Personally, I don’t believe that. I think Fr. Kapaun’s prayers carry a lot more weight than mine.


Well said!!


29 posted on 06/25/2009 8:37:38 PM PDT by bdeaner (The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
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To: Melian
Actually, he may be in Purgatory or he may be in Heaven.

Right. Which is exactly what I was implying in my post.

It has now become commonplace, after someone has died, for Catholics to proclaim "He's in heaven now". I have heard of priests actually making such comments during funeral Masses. This is post-Vatican II feel-good Protestant thinking, and it is wrong.

The fact is that nobody knows the state of anyone's soul upon their death. Not you, not me, not their priest.   Nobody.

To assume that anyone has immediately entered heaven after their death is to suggest that prayer for the repose of their soul is unnecessary. As a result, many beneficial prayers are left unsaid for those in Purgatory.
30 posted on 06/26/2009 12:16:44 AM PDT by GOPmember
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To: GOPmember

Agreed. I was reacting to the statement that he was in Purgatory. We don’t know that either. He could have gone straight to Heaven.

I agree with you that we don’t really know how God judges us after death or how many souls need Purgatory. When I pray for someone who’s died, I always ask God to apply my prayers to that person, but, if that person doesn’t need them, to apply them to someone who has no one to pray for him while he’s in Purgatory. I’m pretty sure most of us will need Purgatory for at least a brief visit!


31 posted on 06/26/2009 4:01:16 PM PDT by Melian ("Now, Y'all without sin can cast the first stone." ~H.I. McDunnough)
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To: Melian

Fair enough. ‘Tis a point of irritation to me when Catholics assume that a soul is automatically in heaven because they were “a good person” during life, or something along those lines.

Then again, I have many points of irritation. ;)


32 posted on 06/26/2009 9:35:32 PM PDT by GOPmember
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