Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Handling point #3

From - Candy's article Vatican vs. God (see side bar)
Vatican says - That the Catholic Church canonizes saints: "On November 12, 1950 Pope Pius XII beatified Marguerite Bourgeoys. Canonizing her this October 31, 1982, Pope John Paul II gives the Canadian Church its first woman saint."

"On November 5, 1947 Pope Pius XII beatified Jeanne Delanoue. This October 31, 1982 Pope John Paul 11 singles out for the people of God yet another saint, Saint Jeanne Delanoue."

"A new miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Francis Anthony was approved with the decree of March 21, 1985, by the Holy Father, John Paul II."

The Catholic Church has a 6-step process that a person must qualify under, for them to be canonized as a saint. You can read their canonization process

What does God say? - Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? - 1 Corinthians 6:2

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: -1 Colossians 1:2

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. -Revelation 14:12

Candy seems to have a basic misunderstanding of what a saint is according to the Catholic Church. According to the catechism:

1023 Those who die in God's grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live for ever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they "see him as he is," face to face:598

961 The term "communion of saints" refers also to the communion of "holy persons" (sancti) in Christ who "died for all," so that what each one does or suffers in and for Christ bears fruit for all.

So a saint is a holy person and we are all called to be saints!

Now it is true that Catholics do have a process of canonization which is a special way of recognizing people who lived exemplary lives of holiness.

828 By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God's grace, the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessors.303 "The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church's history."304 Indeed, "holiness is the hidden source and infallible measure of her apostolic activity and missionary zeal."305

This is totally scriptural! From Catholic Culture:

We may see in the concluding chapters of the Book of Ecclesiasticus an attempt to draw up a formal list of the saints of the Old Testament. "Let us praise men of renown, and our fathers in their generation…their glory shall not be forsaken. Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation. Let the people show forth their wisdom and the Church declare their praise" (chapter 44). The writer then gives his list, Henoch, Noe, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, etc.

So the fundamental reasons for the canonization of saints is two-fold:
1) to acknowledge the holiness and sanctity of the lives they led, and 2) to set these individuals forth as examples for the faithful here on earth. Just as aspiring athletes look to professional athletes for inspiration and example, so do Catholics look to the saints for the same.

The scriptures say further:

For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us... - 2 Thess 3:7

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord... - 1 Thess 1:6

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. - 1 Cor 11:1

I submit then that nothing in Candy’s scriptural quotes is contrary to the teachings of the church!

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: -1 Colossians 1:2

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. -Revelation 14:12

I will however submit that Candy deliberately took the first scripture out of context simply to try to make her point. The entire context is about LAWSUITS! Not canonizing saints!

1 Corinthians 6

Lawsuits Discouraged

1Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and (A)not before the saints?

2Or (B)do you not know that (C)the saints will judge (D)the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts?

3(E)Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?

4So if you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church?

5(F)I say this to your shame Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his (G)brethren,

6but brother goes to law with brother, and that before (H)unbelievers?

7Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. (I)Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?

I submit once again that Candy’s research and argumentation are incomplete, and display her misunderstanding of what the Catholic Church actually teaches. Further, I would encourage anyone who readers her articles to do their own research and at the very least, follow up her scriptural choices to see the context!


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