Thursday, March 3, 2011

What makes a 'fast-track' saint?

We are occasionally asked about the seemingly “slow” pace toward official sainthood of Venerable Matt Talbot. While we do not have any “inside” information about his cause proceedings (nor any other information about Matt) beyond what is available on the web and in books, we must realize that the process has taken one or more centuries of many who become officially recognized as saints.

There are a few, however, who are on a “fast-track” toward sainthood. John Allen, a veteran Vatican correspondent for NCR, suggests in this article that most fast-tract sainthood cases share five traits.