Charles I – Is he a Saint?

Charles Coulombe publishes an article in the Catholic Herald asking this question, and noting its relevance for Catholics of Anglican patrimony.  Here’s an excerpt:

Interesting as all these facts may be to students of English history and Anglican beliefs, what interest could the question of Charles I’s sanctity possibly have for Catholics? Quite a bit, really.

For one thing, his cultus plays a prominent role in that Anglican Patrimony which Pope Benedict XVI created the Personal Ordinariates to preserve within the Catholic Church. When various Eastern Orthodox groups have been reconciled to the Church, they have been allowed to continue to venerate a number of post-1054 figures as Saints. So, might our newly admitted brethren of Anglican background be able to do the same with Charles I?

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3 thoughts on “Charles I – Is he a Saint?

  1. Well, since stupidity is no barrier to entry into heaven he could be; arrogance is certainly a fault but he’s had almost 500 years in Purgatory and that’s supposed to be the average stay. Supposed by whom, I don’t have a clue.


  2. It would be very difficult to justify some of King Charles’ political actions, but in his personal and religious life he exhibited much that could be described as ‘sanctity’. The manner of his death and the way he dealt with it likewise show the marks of ‘martyrdom’. As an Ordinariate Catholic here in the UK I mark the anniversary of the king’s death by thanking God for his witness unto death for his beliefs, and praying that his prayers will help the cause of unity amongst all Christian people.


  3. Charles I went around Parliament to raise funds for his wars, attempted to impose the Anglican prayerbook on the Scots, and would not accept constitutional monarchy which all contributed to his unpopularity. He died declaring, “[b]efore you all that I die a Christian, according to the profession of the Church of England, as I found it left me by my father.” So, in my opinion, Catholics have no business venerating such a man as a saint, or to look to him as a model for holiness.


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