This examination of the politics of sainthood by Newsweek 's religion editor investigates the candidacies of New Yorkers Terence Cardinal Cooke and Dorothy Day, the expenses incurred by biographical research, scholarly rivalries and the focus on required miracles. "Canonization may strike some as an imprimatur for culthood but as Woodward shows, even in today's secular society, saints matter," said PW.
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The Vatican allowed Woodward, a veteran Vatican observer and Newsweek journalist, unprecedented access to the persons and documentation involved in canonization. He traces the evolution of the process through two millennia, concentrating on recent declarations of sainthood and pending cases. He reports on a little-noticed change in 1983 in which a historical-critical review replaced the former adversarial debate between the "Devil's" and the petitioners' advocates. Another change was in the criteria for martyrdom to include victims of Nazism. He ends with an eloquent plea on behalf of Cardinal Newman, whose beatification has made little progress. Intriguing, thoughtful, and intelligently critical.
- Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., Cal.
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Making Saints: . . . by Kenneth Woodward is just what I needed and was hoping for, a blessing! Ray TowlePublished 8 months ago by Ray Towle
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