I have noticed that, much as many Protestants “proof-text” using Bible verses out of their context to support some doctrine or other, many Catholics do the same using quotes (or examples) of Saints. I’ve seen some posters essentially do nothing but quote a bunch of saints to support their arguments. Many seem to think that just as Church doctrine is timeless, so is every single quote written down by (or just attributed) to a saint. For example, some use quotes from Saints to support their contention that the vast majority of souls wind up condemned to Hell.
And yet, some also find it easy to dismiss SOME saints as mere exceptions, such as St. Joan of Arc being chosen by God to “save France” by militaristic means, but that this should NOT be taken as any evidence about the suitability of women in combat in general. Or even state “well, just because someone was a Saint doesn’t mean they never made mistakes” – I’ve seen this argument put forth in discussions of St. Gianna Molla, who was a practicing physician AND mother, to dismiss any contention that her canonization means yes, you can be a good Catholic wife and mother, and still work for pay.
This is essentially a double standard, where people think Saints who agreed with them, or whose lives seem to provide testimony to back up their claims, are wonderful, universal examples of holy Catholic thought and lives. Saints who don’t, are just “exceptions”, who perhaps became Saints DESPITE their deviations from what the poster thinks is appropriate behavior. Can anyone defend this?