Making Saints: How The Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes A Saint, Who Doesn'T, And Why

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Making Saints: How The Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes A Saint, Who Doesn'T, And Why

From inside the Vatican, the book that became a modern classic on sainthood in the Catholic Church.
Working from church documents, Kenneth Woodward shows how saint-makers decide who is worthy of the church's highest honor. He describes the investigations into lives of candidates, explains how claims for miracles are approved or rejected, and reveals the role politics -- papal and secular -- plays in the ultimate decision. From his examination of such controversial candidates as Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Edith Stein, a Jewish philosopher who became a nun and was gassed at Auschwitz, to his insights into the changes Pope John Paul II has instituted, Woodward opens the door on a 2,000-year-old tradition.

From Publishers Weekly
This examination of the politics of sainthood by Newsweek 's religion editor investigates the candidacies of New Yorkers Terence Cardinal Cooke and Dorothy Day, the expenses incurred by biographical research, scholarly rivalries and the focus on required miracles. "Canonization may strike some as an imprimatur for culthood but as Woodward shows, even in today's secular society, saints matter," said PW.
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