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Making Martyrs East and West
Canonization in the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches
“Caridi’s thesis is original. I know of no other scholarly work in English that offers such an extensive review of Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic canonization procedures.”—John Burgess, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
For centuries, Catholics in the Western world and the Orthodox in Russia have venerated certain saints as martyrs. In many cases, both churches recognize as martyrs the same individuals who gave their lives for Jesus Christ. On the surface, it appears that while the external liturgical practices of Catholics and Russian Orthodox may vary, the fundamental theological understanding of what it means to be a martyr, and what it means to canonize a saint, are essentially the same. But are they?
December 2015 224 pp., 6x9
Cathy Caridi holds degrees in Latin- and Eastern-rite canon law. She practices law and teaches in Rome, and maintains a canon-law blog, Canon Law Made Easy, which is read in virtually every country of the world.
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