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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Saints Misbehavin' by Thomas J. Craughwell

I found this to be a very interesting article. Read the introduction below, then follow the link.


This Wednesday is All Saints Day, the holy day when Roman Catholics commemorate the lives and virtues of all the saints. The word "saint," of course, has long since entered our broad cultural lexicon, implying virtue of the highest sort even to nonbelievers. But in practice, saintly virtue is rarely a lifelong possession. Indeed, it sometimes emerges only after a good deal of sin has gone before.

Can a cop killer be a saint, for instance? In recent years, certain Catholics have debated precisely that question. The retired archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean Marie Lustiger, thinks so. In 1987, he began the formal process by which Jacques Fesch, a convicted murderer guillotined by the French state in 1957, might be declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. READ MORE


Esther said...

At the risk of sounding trite, this is very interesting.

But I don't understand what criteria "they" are using to want to declare this man a saint. For that matter, wouldn't the man who killed St. Maria Goretti also be a saint? Or, how about the prisoner who St. Therese prayed for until his conversion also be a saint? Thanks for posting this Denise.
God bless,

Denise said...

I'm interested to learn more also and have many questions. I just posted the book that covers this topic by Craughwell.


Lynn said...

this looks very good, denise! It could be very encouraging for those who feel their past prohibits them from becoming holy.

I've read Fesch's writings before in the Magnificat - he seems to have truly repented - but I'd be curious to find out what heroic virtue he had displayed.

(((hugs and prayers)))

Denise said...

Golly, I guess I never realized Jacques Fesch's writings were in Magnificat. Can you give me an example, Lynn - a volume, month, etc. to locate something?

Interesting. I'll have to pay better attention!

Blessing to you,