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Jan
16
comment Catholic view of Biblical saints
I've also just learned/realized that there's a difference between "saint" and "Saint" - we could all be considered the former while only those recognized (as described above) get the capital letter. As with many Catholic/Protestant disagreements (in my experience, anyway), it's a matter of definition.
May
2
comment Catholic view of Biblical saints
well, you'd certainly not want to call Saul a Saint, but later in his life he seemed to turn things around :-)
May
1
comment Are non-Anglican Protestant churches ever named after extra-biblical saints?
just another example: St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Milton Ga staidans.org
Apr
30
comment Catholic view of Biblical saints
That doesn't sound like I'm explaining it very well either. I'm not saying they're in heaven simply because the church gives them a "this one's a saint" toe-tag. More like 1.their life & its effect we believe them to be in heaven, 2.people like that are called "Saints", 3.therefore those are Saints. I suppose that it would be difficult, from the viewpoint that Sainthood = as close to perfection as a human can be, to say that we (living) are Saints as we continue to be fallible creatures. Sainthood could only be something that could be determined after one's life is complete.
Apr
30
comment Catholic view of Biblical saints
That's my understanding, though (and I may be mis-reading here) the cause/effect feels backwards in the way you phrase it from what I'm expecting. One could only be considered a Saint because we believe them to almost certainly be in heaven, not that they're almost certainly in heaven because we have determined that their life was saintly.
Apr
30
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Apr
30
answered Catholic view of Biblical saints
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