Thinking Out Loud

September 24, 2012

Catholic Readers, Help Wanted!

Saint Longinus – from his Facebook page

Today we’re asking our Roman Catholic readers — that’s right, both of you — and anyone else who wants to chime in on this one to help us with a perplexing problem.

Why was the soldier who pierced Jesus’ side canonized? (i.e. granted Sainthood)

The Evangelical in me — despite the fact we don’t confer sainthood on anybody, not even Rick Warren — is dying to know.

But others with a thing for search engines and internet sleuthing are welcome to play the game, too.  So here are the basic facts:

And isn’t there a thing about proving three miracles to become a saint? How does that fit here?


  1. Paul, I think the boy who gave up his lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fishes so 5,000 men plus women and children could be fed deserves sainthood more than the spear guy. Apparently the bag that held the boys lunch is in the Vatican now. They call it the Sack of Quintanimus. By the way, do you sell Holy Water at your store? Just wondered. And, by the way, I’m doing fine, Paul. Thanks for asking! Just haven’t had time to post anything recently.

    Comment by David Fisher — September 24, 2012 @ 9:49 am

  2. “we don’t confer sainthood on anybody, not even Rick Warren”


    But I heard Bono was being considered, before death even.

    Comment by missy @ it's almost naptime — September 24, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

  3. Tradition holds that it was he whom the gospel records saying, ‘Truly this was the Son of God’ and that he converted and was ultimately martryed.

    Comment by Sean — September 25, 2012 @ 9:03 am

  4. […] Monday’s post about canonization, I realize how little I know about other faith traditions… Just when I think I have the […]

    Pingback by Wednesday Link List « Thinking Out Loud — September 26, 2012 @ 6:55 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Your Response (Value-Added Comments Only)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: