http://www.lonekeep.com/lki_home/St%20Valentine.gif It is a source of great frustration and annoyance to me to hear people inaccurately say (often in reference to Saint Christopher) **“After Vatican II they got rid of a whole bunch of saints that were just myths!” **or “They decanonized Saints Christopher & Philomena!”
A lot of people “knowingly” repeat this disinformation, having heard it or been taught it in a vaiety of places. (The pastor at my Catholic grade school explained Saint Chrisopher was “just a legend” to us as school children. I suspect he will be VERY suprised one day.)
Suprisingly, an article on wikipedia on Saint Valentine seemed to get the matter right
In the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feastday of Saint Valentine on 14 February was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reason: “Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on 14 February.” (Calendarium Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Œcumenici Concilii Vaticani II Instauratum Auctoritate Pauli PP. VI Promulgatum (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, MCMLXIX), p. 117 )
I generally like to point out that the revisions made certain feasts optional, but no such “decanonization” took place.
How do you respond when you hear this?