Is there a way that people of other faiths are recognized for their outstanding service to God? It appears to me that a person MUST be Catholic in order to be canonized a saint. To me, this seems a bit unfair to those worthy of this honor who are not Catholic unless there is an alternative recognition of some sort. What can you fine people on this forum tell me?
All worthy servants of God are, we can be sure, fully recognised and honoured by the One they serve, which is the only thing any of us should truly desire.
As for canonisation - well, not all saintly Catholics get canonised either! Only about 10,000 in 2,000 years. Five a year average. So there are many who don’t achieve the distinction of canonisation in spite of being worthy of it.
This can happen for many reasons. Perhaps they have lived their lives in obscurity, their virtues unrecognised by the world. Perhaps God has simpy not singled them out to us by the necessary verifiable miracles performed through their intercession. Who knows :shrug:
No a person doesn’t have to be RC to be recognized as a saint. In the Anglican church, there are many recognized saints including Martin Luther King Jr. among many others. It all boils down to how you believe. For myself, there are many saints from many denominations.
St. Thomas More is recognized as a Saint by both the Catholic and Anglican churches. From Wikipedia:
In 1935, four hundred years after his death, More was canonized in the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI, and was later declared the patron saint of lawyers and statesmen. He shares his feast day, 22 June on the Catholic calendar of saints, with Saint John Fisher, the only Bishop during the English Reformation to maintain his allegiance to the Pope. More was added to the Anglican Churches’ calendar of saints in 1980.
The OP was clearly talking about the Catholic Church formally canonising saintly people of other faiths (which is the only ‘recognition’ we offer), not the Anglicans recognising Catholics or persons of other denominations.
Yes, a person must be Catholic in order to be a canonized Saint. That doesn’t mean that non-Catholics can’t become saints. I know I can think of one person in particular who I think could very well be a saint. But no, they are not recognized officially by the Catholic Church. But then again, I’m also the person who used to think that the only way one could be canonized was if he or she was a priest or nun.
They’re not, any more than law students from Harvard University in the US are less valuable than law students from Oxford University in the UK.
Doesn’t mean that the one University can rightly mark the other’s papers or give exams (or prizes) to the other’s students!
And the Catholic Church don’t hand out no honorary doctorates (or canonisations) to people of other faiths! Although the Vatican has different honours they hand out such as the Order of St Sylvester - I’d imagine at least some of those are open to people of other faiths :yup:
That is simply not so. The Anglican church canonizes saints that the catholic church does not. Does this mean that they are really not saints? You may agree but I would say certainly not. Again, God is neither Catholic nor Protestant. His word is sharper than any double edged sword.
Is this why the RC has to raise the magisterium to the same authority as scripture? Is it because scripture does not say that the church in Rome is the one true church of Christ founded upon Peter, so the magisterium now level in authority will make that claim? This seems to be extreme fabrication and very debatable.
Why should they be? Don’t see where you are coming from. There is plenty of evidence that Christ founded a Church. ‘On this rock I will build my Church’. At the time there was only ONE Church. Since then there have been many heretics who have gone away and created their own churches. But Christ founded ONE Church: that of the tradition of the Apostles.
This IS the Church founded by Christ. All else are apostacy and devil worship.
The RCC does not exist. There is no such church called ‘RCC’. That is only a label put upon the Church that has remained faithful to the teachings of the Apostles.
RCC is an invention of yours, that is why your invention is not mentioned in the bible. So you are asking me why your invention is not mentioned in the bible? I do not know, perhaps you are the best one to answer that question.
If JK Rowlands created Harry Potter then why isn’ t JK Rowlands mentioned in Harry potter?