Should Mother Teresa Be Canonized? Kathy Cummings Weighs In With NYTimes Op-Ed.

April 01, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

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Mother Teresa’s Canonization Is a Recognition of Holiness, Not Perfection

Kathleen Sprows Cummings is the director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame and the author of the forthcoming "Holy Heroes, Nation Saints."

UPDATED MARCH 25, 2016, 3:21 AM

Canonization recognizes holiness, not perfection. In elevating Mother Teresa to the honors of the altar, the Roman Catholic Church is not overlooking any of her questionable decisions or practices. On the contrary, the church has certified, through an exacting and meticulous process, that Mother Teresa, despite her faults and even her sins, lived a life of extraordinary holiness and is worthy of veneration and imitation.

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