Fr. Grimm: Church Should Canonize Exemplary Non-Catholics

Below is a clip from Father Grimm’s fanciful article in UCANews. The last paragraph is a perfect example of the condescending obfuscation typical of liberal theologians.

Abraham, Moses and the prophets had the same Faith, inchoatively, that we do; they believed in a Savior to come; we believe that He has come, rose from the dead, and lives forever in heaven and in the Eucharist. “Abraham,” Jesus told the pharisees, “saw My day and rejoiced.” So Abraham was a Christian, although, needless to say, he was not a member of the Church which was founded by Our Lord two thousand years ago. The true Faith, however, he certainly had.

Father Grimm: “When the Church presents people as models for living, calling them saints, might it not go beyond the borders of the Catholic Church to find such men and women?

“Certainly the Protestant martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been an inspiration to many. The writings of C. S. Lewis have brought many to faith. Martin Luther King was a faith-inspired nonviolent crusader for justice. Dag Hammarskjold, the UN secretary-general who died in a plane crash (possibly shot down) in 1961, was a mystic in the world of politics and peacemaking. 

“Declaring such non-Catholic Christians to be saints is not such a radical step as it might appear. After all, the Church already has saints who were not even Christians. Some, like Abraham, Moses and the prophets, are Old Testament figures. Others, like the Holy Innocents, John the Baptist, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Anne, Joachim and Joseph died before there was a Church. We also have nonhuman saints: Gabriel, Michael and Raphael.” The full, short article is here.