The most direct path to sainthood

 |  NCR Today

A number of years ago, Loretto Sr. Ann Patrick Ware wrote a brief essay about canonization in response to a question from colleagues at the National Council of Churches. The question was: What can Catholics do to make it more likely that upon their death they will be declared saints?

Ann Pat reviewed (without the aid of computers) the frequency of various occupations and status choices within the calendar of saints.

Her conclusions: Your best bet for sainthood is to be a bishop. Kings do well. Popes and farmers, less so.

Don't miss a thing! Get NCR's free newsletter.

And if you are a woman? Become a virgin and martyr.

It makes me think that the current hierarchy is bent on making us nuns into saints.

Support independent reporting on important issues.

 One family graphic_2016_250x103.jpg


NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

Commenting is available during business hours, Central time, USA. Commenting is not available in the evenings, over weekends and on holidays. More details are available here. Comments are open on NCR's Facebook page.



NCR Email Alerts


In This Issue

July 14-27, 2017