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 Post subject: Saint Tolkien?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:01 pm 
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I learned through John Rateliff's blog that there is a movement to have Tolkien canonized. There is even a website, Cause for Tolkien. I find it all very odd. Not being Catholic, I don't really have an opinion on the subject. But I find it very odd. Very odd indeed!

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 Post subject: Re: Saint Tolkien?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:35 am 
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"Saint John of Oxford?" might be a more fitting title to this thread.

The linked website at least reads rather like the work of only superficially practicing but overly-enthusiastic Middle-earth fans, as opposed to one of devout Catholics.


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 Post subject: Re: Saint Tolkien?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:43 am 
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I am also not a Catholic and have no opinion, but aren't there supposed to be miracles first? And the body not decaying?

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 Post subject: Re: Saint Tolkien?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:04 am 
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Incorruptibility of the body is not a requirement for sainthood, nor is it canonical proof for a person's sainthood.

In most cases, at least two miracles are required for sainthood, and one miracle for beatification (to oversimplify a little bit, the stage before sainthood). The Catholic canonization process requires a very long time, usually several decades, if not centuries. So I doubt even the youngest among us would come to see his canonization if it ever came to be (25 March, 3019, seems like a realistic date ^^).


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 Post subject: Re: Saint Tolkien?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:24 am 
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It's also not unusual for the process to be begun for beloved figures, even if there's little expectation that it will be completed.

Beutlin, that would be a highly appropriate date! :)

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