God bless! The above-linked thread began about the sainthood of Gregory Palamas, and why the Catholic Church would recognize this; namely, why Rome would recognize Eastern saints famous for their opposition to communion with Rome. This does not apply just to Palamas or Photius, but also to Constantine.
I cannot foresee Constantine being placed on any Latin calendar nowadays–not because he had an association with the east, but because of his pagan life and Arian conversion (unless this is some myth I’m repeating).
I guess my questions are:
- Does this mean that St. Constantine is recognized by the Catholic Church in communion with Rome?
- If the answer is unclear, does that mean it is possible for some Catholic rites to recognize saints while other rites deny them?
- If any of the above are true, does that mean that our understanding of “saint” does not mean the church has 100% certainty they are in heavenly communion?
Just trying to grasp this. I’ve so many times defended attacks on church history by disassociating Catholicism from Constantine–where possible, of course. I suppose I can’t do that if we recognize him as a saint.