Q. 1. What is the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding public prayer to those who have departed but who have not been canonized as of yet? For example, if a very holy priest died, he through who many have been healed by the grace of God, is it alright for the faithful to ask this priest to pray for us?
A. 1. On that matter, Canon Law # 1187 of the Catholic Church states: "It is permitted to reverence through public veneration only those servants of God whom the authority of the Church has recorded in the list of the saints or the blessed."
So unless the Church has elevated someone to the title of saint or blessed, it is inappropriate to publicly pray to a departed person for intercession.