Nun who stood up to Billy the Kid faces sainthood test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for the long road to sainthood on Tuesday.

Supporters and researchers presented their case before the Archdiocese of Santa Fe at a ceremonial “first inquiry” in Albuquerque on why Sister Blandina Segale should become a saint. The public inquiry, headed by former Archbishop Michael Sheehan, was aimed at determining if there was enough evidence to move her case through the largely secret process at the Vatican.

  • Sean

    Pagans gonna pagan.

    • Heh;)

    • David

      Last time I looked Christianity was a main world religion.

      • Sean

        Only Roman Catholics canonize…. Follow it from there.

        • You do of course realize that Roman Catholics don’t worship Saints.

          • Sean

            Prayer is an act of worship. They pray to them.

          • Prayer is not necessarily an at of worship. In this case it merely constitutes an appeal for intercession.

          • Sean

            Prayer is always an act of worship. You do not pray to those that you do not worship. In addition, praying to those already dead is necromancy.

            Catholicism = paganism, idolatry and a bunch of other things. Belief in the finished work of Jesus is all that is required.

          • “Prayer is always an act of worship.” No it’s not. http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/is-prayer-synonymous-with-worship

          • Now you explain to me how come Christianity hit the pause button from the resurrection right up until Martin Luther nailed those theses to the church door. Go on.

          • Sean

            So…. You quote a catholic.com piece to someone who’s anti-Catholic? Sola ekklesia indeed.

            No, from the dark ages to Luther, give or take. From just about the point where Cardinals et al were forbidden to marry in violation of I Timothy. Once you’ve removed yourselves, as a Church (royal you), from the Word of God and substituted the religion of man….

            The inerrant Word of God and the solae Fide, Gratia and Christos are again all one needs. This is why followers of the Church of Rome are a mission field.

          • I linked (not “quoted”) the Catholic explanation of what the Catholic Church says Catholic acts of Catholic devotion mean when Catholics perfrom them, yes, I did do that. I suppose I should have linked a Jack Chick comic.

            One of the benefits of Catholicism is that it has a central authority, unlike Islam, and so when a theological explanation is provided, well, there it is, you can take it to the bank.

          • I linked (not “quoted”) the Catholic explanation of what the Catholic Church says Catholic acts of Catholic devotion mean when Catholics perfrom them, yes, I did do that. I suppose I should have linked a Jack Chick comic.

            One of the benefits of Catholicism is that it has a central authority, unlike Islam and certain other religions I could name, and so when a theological explanation is provided, well, there it is, you can take it to the bank. You don’t have to believe in to personally, of course, but you can take their word that this is what Catholics are meant to be doing when they do something. I don’t believe it’s possible to worship accidentally.

          • Sean

            Define “worship accidentally”.

            As a practicing Baptist, my/our authority is Christ and by extension God. Not some pagan priest in fancy clothes with horrendous theology.

          • Sean

            However, redirect aside…

            Prayer to dead? Necromancy.
            Oh, they’re in heaven, you say? Well, not only is that presumptive but prayer to someone in heaven not God or other part of Trinity is blasphemy or unbiblical, your choice.
            Worst case, they weren’t saved.
            Prayer to a hellbound soul? I’d rather not answer for that on Judgment day.

            The substitutionary atonement of Christ and the confession of same is Salvation. No intercession by anyone other than Christ, no prayers other than to the Trinity, no works-based system.

            Faith and Repentance. That’s it.

          • Of course, some would say that the practice of worshiping a three-person God is, as you call it, paganism.

  • jayme

    I heard that the pope was considering breaking with tradition and commencing the sainthood process with still-living individuals … David Suzuki and Al Gore.

  • Dana Garcia

    What a concept.

  • Would it be wrong to play an Ennio Morricone score at her canonisation?

    • Raymond Cameron

      Perfectly appropriate: They are both Italian and she worked in the wild West. When the canonisation process is complete (it could last a century) Morricone will be considered a classical musician.

  • Everyone Else

    they don’t look for reasons to make someone a saint
    they want saints
    saints are good for marketing the religion (no offense)

    they look for reasons other people might dig up that would make the “saint” look bad

    They’re not seeking evidence to rule in someone
    they’re seeking evidence to rule out someone