Isabel the Catholic, Servant of God
Notes by the Postulator for the Cause for the Canonization of Queen Isabel the Catholic, Most Rev. Anastasio Gutierrez, C.M.F., Ph.D., J.C.D.

Pages Dedicated to the Bishops: to uncover the misinformation disseminated during this 5th Centennial of the Discovery of America to discredit the Church.

In this 5th Centennial the figure of Isabel the Catholic, Queen of Castille, who sponsored the discovery of America and protected the interests of the Church, is the central point in defense of the Church.

Here is a resume of the "Positio" presented to the Holy Father.

Introductory Letter
Cause of the beatification of Isabel the Catholic Postulation

We have the honor to offer you some notes in reference to the Servant of God, Isabel the Catholic, so that you, in the name of the Institute, profession, group, or family that you represent so worthily, would like to unite your vote to the choir of petitions elevated to the Supreme Pontiff so that he will graciously present to the world this woman, queen and governor, wife and mother, model of human and Christian virtues during the Fifth Centenary of the discovery and evangelization of America of which she was the main figure.

The intention is to inform and reassure the Holy Father of the unanimous sentiment of the Catholic world in confronting the denigatory world campaign organized against this most faithful daughter of the Church and most efficient promulgator for the Gospel of Christ. To her action and inspiration is due in a great part the Catholicism of the actual world as can be appreciated by the attached notes.

Thank you for the welcome you might want to grant to this initiative. We beg you to make it known to other groups and organizations that might be interested.

The postulatory letters are well-received by the Holy See.

–Affectionately yours in Christ,
P. Anastasio Gutierrez, Postulator

Servant of God, Isabel the Catholic
I. Essential Biographical Data

She was born in Madrigal de las Altaas Torres (province of Avila), Spain, 22 of April, 1451 (Holy Thursday). She lived in Arevalo with her mother from three to ten years old. Spiritually guided by the Franciscan Observant Friars whom she always remembered with particular devotion. Taken to the court of Segovia by her brother Henry IV (1461). She obtained the right to live in her own house from 14 to 17 years old because that court life was very dangerous for her soul. An armed insurrection of Castilian nobility wanted to proclaim her Queen. She opposed this with her resolute will because the only legitimate king was her brother, Enrique. Consequently, she made the nobles submit themselves to the kind and he recognized her as his legitimate heiress and successor (September 1468; she was 17 years old).

She married the Prince of Aragon and King of Sicily, don Fernando (October 19, 1469). Four daughters and one son were born to the marriage. After the death of her brother Enrique, she was proclaimed Queen in Segovia (December 13, 1474). She consecrated to God the Kingdom in the act of swearing loyalty to the laws, usages and customs of the said Kingdom and at the same time to the laws of the Church. She died in Medina del Campo, the province of Valladolid, November 26, 1504.

During her reign, among other events, was the armed invasion of Castile by Alfonse V of Portugal and the peace with this Kingdom after the defeat of its King; the reorganization of the Kingdom; the ecclesiastical reform of men's and women's religious orders, and of the people; the recuperation and evangelization of the Canary Islands; the reconquest and evangelization of the Muslim Kingdom of Granada unjustly occupied by the Moors; the wars with France to recuperate the counties of the Rosellon y la Cerdanya; the liberation of the Pontifical States invaded by the French troops; the discovery and first evangelization of America; the expulsion of the Jews, etc...(1)

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