I was recently given an Icon of St. Peter the Aleut Martyr. I found a link that has a few of the details included in the back of the icon. allsaintsofamerica.org/orthodoxy/peter.html
I do not want to know if he is more holy or less holy than any of our Saints, but after reading the account of his life and death I am very curious as to whether or not our Catholic Church recognizes him as a Saint?
Is it alright for me to hang up his icon?
I need to know whether or not I can venerate him?
I know that it would be wrong for a Catholic to try to convert another person of any faith to our Church in that manner. I’m sure that in their hearts the Spanish Catholic Missionaries were doing what was best for the eternal life of Peter - didn’t Jesus say if a hand causes you to sin, cut it off to enter into Heaven without a hand is better than to go to Hell, or something along those lines? I mean I know what they did was wrong, but I can understand how they may have thought it was a good thing.
I also know that our Church currently recognizes that the Orthodox Church has valid Sacraments so would their Martyr St. Peter the Aleut be considered a Saint in the Catholic Church?
Would St. Peter the Aleut be akin to St. Joan of Arc who was also condemned and torchured by ordained members of Catholic Church and now honored as a Saint?
I honestly don’t know. And I certainly don’t want to cause a fight over it in the forums or get banned.
The was told to post this in the Spirituality Forum by Rachel rather than have it asked in the Non-Catholic or Eastern Catholic Forums.