Why doesn’t the Catholic Church accept Eastern Orthodox Saints?

August 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Dialogues


I was asked and had never thought of this before.. Does the Catholic church except the Eastern Orthodox saints as saints? I know the canonization process differs.

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  • New Apologetics Pati Sorge The Catholic Church teaches that any person who is in heaven is a saint. However, the lives of those individuals who are canonized by the Church have been subjected to intense scrutiny (requiring strong evidence of miraculous intercession after their death), and only after stringent criteria are met is an individual publicly proclaimed to be a saint. Of course, there are countless saints who are not officially canonized by the Church. Many of the Orthodox saints fall into this category. 

    The Orthodox do not have strict or standardized criteria for determining whether or not a person should be publicly proclaimed to be a saint. The Catholic Church’s choice to not officially recognize these Orthodox saints has nothing to do with a denial of their sanctity. The fact is that there has been no suitable investigation into the lives of many of them, and therefore the Church cannot rightly make a judgment on the matter.
  • Mannix Camacho Sometimes when we pray to our dead relatives whom we feel, by a first hand knowledge of their lives, are so holy when they died, and when their intercession for us seems to have been granted, is an indication that the departed relative may already have attained beatific vision!