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Could a non-Catholic be canonized by the Catholic Church?

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Could a non-Catholic be canonized by the Catholic Church?

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It is theoretically possible that the Church could canonize a non-Catholic, because canonization is simply an official acknowledgment that a particular person is in heaven. But to date the Church has done so only with its own members. This is because one of the purposes of canonization is to set forth for Catholics a model of Catholic Christian holiness.










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  1. Derek Reply

    It is not possible that a non-Catholic could be canonized. this wrong because the church has defined as dogma that all those outside the Catholic Church are lost.

    Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence  “Cantate Domino”, 1441, ex cathedra: The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics,  cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the Church before the end of their lives; that the unity of this ecclesiastical body is of such importance that only for those who abide in it do the Church’s sacraments contribute to salvation and do fasts, almsgiving and other works of piety and practices of the Christian militia produce eternal rewards; and that nobody can be saved, no matter how much he has given away in alms and even if he has shed blood in the name of Christ, unless he has persevered in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.”

  2. Peter Bickelmann Reply

    So we can still hope for St. Martin Luther?

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