Saturday, June 10, 2006
a question re: infallibiility
I'm having a Devil's Advocate moment.
Here's my question: the declaration of canonization is supposed to be infallible. But what does it mean when a saint who never actually existed is infallibly canonized?
Several of the "Fourteen Holy Helpers" apparently never existed. For example, Saints Christopher and Barbara. (See also here and here.)
Here is a relavent quote from the Catholic Encyclopedia:
Is the pope infallible in issuing a decree of canonization? Most theologians answer in the affirmative.
And from St. Thomas (Quodlib. IX, a. 16):
Since the honour we pay the saints is in a certain sense a profession of faith, i.e., a belief in the glory of the Saints we must piously believe that in this matter also the judgment of the Church is not liable to error.
The image above is of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
Posted by gwb at 3:47 PM