Can the Church recognize non-Catholics as saints?


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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