The question of who qualifies for sainthood has our mind covering expanses of time that begin with the founding of our Church till present. It is curious this is a limitation as Jesus never limited his ministry to this time span. As he said in the temple “Today, in your presents scripture is fullfilled”. He also said he didn’t come to negate any word mentioned in the Old Testament. His ministry is full of references to OT and praise to the early prophets.
So my question is, why aren’t the old prophets who were clearly close to God not made saints in the new Church.? Now I admit I could be wrong, but I don’t recall Catholic sanctioned prayers to Moses or Abraham or beatification or canonization of these people.
Who would qualify?
We go to the Church for an answer, and nowhere can I find references disqualifying Old World prophets. Remember the OT is intrinsically tied to Jesus’s new ministery in many ways, most importantly because of his place in the Trinity.
The Church sees it this way:
The Catholic Church canonizes or beatifies only those whose lives have been marked by the exercise of **heroic virtue**, and only after this has been proved by common repute for sanctity and by conclusive arguments. The chief difference, however, lies in the meaning of the term canonization, the Church **seeing in the saints nothing more than friends and servants of God whose holy lives have made them worthy of His special love.** Here clearly King David comes to mind for heroism and bravery, and the Church believes his santification with God.
The decision as to the martyr having died for his faith in Christ,…
The old world prophets played a part in the introduction and table clearing for the event of their Saviour in the Trinity. And now we have the final qualifying statement:
Formal canonization occurs when the cultus is prescribed as an explicit and definitive decision, after due judicial process and the ceremonies usual in such cases. Equivalent canonization occurs when the pope, omitting the judicial process and the ceremonies, orders some servant of God to be venerated in the Universal Church; this happens when such a saint has been from a** remote period** the object of veneration, when his heroic virtues (or martyrdom) and**miracles are related by reliable historians, and the fame of his miraculous intercession is uninterrupted.
**So unless I've missed it in my research, I can't find reference for or against these people being saints. I'm open for correction. (quotes courtesy New Advent) Andy