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Can the Church recognize non-Catholics as saints?

By March 30, 2015 No Comments

Full Question

If the Church recognizes saints because of their lives of extraordinary virtue and miracles attributed to them after death, could the Church recognize non-Catholics as saints?

Answer

No doubt many saints are in heaven who were not Catholics here on earth. But it is not likely that any non-Catholic Christian denomination would present one of its own to the Catholic Church for the scrutiny that is a part of the canonization process. To do so would be to acknowledge an authority present in the Catholic Church that other Christian denominations deny.

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