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Making Saints: How The Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes A Saint, Who Doesn'T, And Why Paperback – July 23, 1996
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Who will become a saint? In short, it is the person of great sanctity whose example happens to be deemed important by the reigning Pope and other high leaders of the Church. If the Church needs to highlight the sanctity of married life, it searches for married couples whose sanctity could inspire the faithful. Sometimes, this effort is comic, as the Church, trying to move forward, trips over its own past priorities. For instance, the married couple chosen by the Church as an exemplar of sanctified married life are Louis and Azélie Martin, all of whose surviving children entered convents, and one of whom, Thérèse of Lisieux, became a saint. In choosing the Martins as candidates for sainthood, the Church did not stray far from its discomfort with sex, except perhaps as a means of producing priests and nuns.
Obvious candidates like Archbishop Oscar Romero -- whose opposition to rightwing government-sanctioned death squads in El Salvador earned him a rifle bullet in the chest -- is not likely to be considered a saint soon.Read more ›
At the beginning, a candidate's reputation must last after death, where there is a positive lingering memory of all what he or she did in living out God's will.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the writer has far more understanding of the "legal process" in this area than any of either popular devotion or very obvious reasons why one candidate may be favoured over another. For example, devotion to saints, amongst the general population, often is not at all based on identifying with the total circumstances of the saint's life, but with a particular aspect. The author devotes much time to the lack of being "uninhibited" in bed which would supposedly keep married couples from identifying with Louis and Zelie Martin (whose marriage began rather oddly largely because both had longed for religious life). Aside from that one wonders how he would have known such details, that such are seldom mentioned in polite company much less in archives, and that a couple who had nine children must have not spent all of their time in chapel, it would be ridiculous to think that those devoted to the pair would have sexual inhibitions or a negative attitude as a result. The people I've encountered who wish to see Louis and Zelie canonised are generally those who envy that the Martins had five children who gave their lives to the Church... rather than two who want no part of church at all.
Part of what marks one for beatification is a continued devotion. Heavens, if two women, both saintly, lived in the same period, and one was the foundress of a religious order, the other a local parent, the fact that the cause of the former would be more likely to endure is simply practical.Read more ›
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Making Saints: . . . by Kenneth Woodward is just what I needed and was hoping for, a blessing! Ray TowlePublished 14 months ago by Ray Towle
Woodward takes the reader through the long and misunderstood process for a person being declared a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Robert
Completely fascinating look into the saint making process. Anyone interested in the process of saint making should read this book. It shouldn't disappoint you.Published on May 23, 2012 by Duffy
One thought kept going through my mind while reading this book. Throughout the centuries, God continues to reach out to us, even physically. Read morePublished on October 5, 2000 by Steve Dougherty
Basically, this book is totally rad. It not only provides a solid historical basis for understanding the evolution of hagiography, but also details Woodward's in-depth... Read morePublished on October 13, 1999 by J.E. Sawyer