Question of the Day for Friday, May 10, 2013
Are there too many saints?
Q. Why are there so many saints? I think there are too many. It seems to me that the more people are made saints, the value of being a saint is lessened. Surely the title “saint” should be limited to a small band of people. Also, do you know how many canonized saints there are?
— N.W., Manchester, Mo.
A. Here’s a reply from OSV columnist Msgr. M. Francis Mannion:
Taking your last question first, it is virtually impossible to count the number of canonized saints, as the process of canonization has varied so much over the centuries. Only at the beginning of the second millennium was the process of canonization centralized in Rome and the steps toward canonization clarified. Various scholars have estimated that the complete list of canonized saints — whatever the process of canonization — may be as high as 10,000.
Read the rest of the answer at Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/TCANav/TCAQuestionoftheDay/May6102013/tabid/8711/Default.aspx