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The Vatican, over the past few years, has seemingly crossed into the weird...
Don't let anyone fool you! You can be a trash man and be a saint. You can mop floors, wash windows, be a maid, a policeman/police woman and be a saint. You can be doing 20 to life and be a saint. Anyone who answers the call of God can be saved through the Lord Jesus Christ and become a saint. A saint is one who is holy and to become holy, one must have the holy one, Jesus Christ come to reside in him or her by receiving the gift of the holy sprit.
Can Gandhi be a Saint? No? Martin Luther King Jr? No?
One requirement is clear, you have to be a Catholic.
The canonization process is simply a way to note someone as being an example, and requires one or two miracles to be associated with whoever is being canonized (in JP II's case, a French nun was cured of Parkinson's Disease after her order prayed for John Paul to intercede for her.)
Is there a Catholic saint that wasn't a member of the clergy or sisterhood?
Of course there are.
José Luis Sánchez del Río, a 14 year old boy who was executed by the Mexican government in 1928 because he wouldn't renounce his belief in God.
Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río (March 28, 1913 – February 10, 1928) was a fourteen year old Mexican Cristero who was put to death by government officials because he refused to renounce his Catholic faith. He has been declared a martyr and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on November 20, 2005.
Beatification (from Latin beatus, "blessed") is a recognition accorded by the Catholic Church of a dead person's entrance into Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name (intercession of saints). Beatification is the third of the four steps in the canonisation (canonization) process. A person who is beatified is in English given the title "Blessed".
Why isn't one particular individual? I have no idea.
Consider the words of St. John Chrysostom and St. Ambrose:
"The Jews are the most worthless of all men. They are lecherous, greedy, rapacious. They are perfidious murderers of Christ. They worship the Devil. Their religion is a sickness. The Jews are the odious assassins of Christ and for killing God there is no expiation possible, no indulgence or pardon. Christians may never cease vengeance, and the Jew must live in servitude forever. God always hated the Jews. It is essential that all Christians hate them."
St. Ambrose offered to burn the synagogue himself.
Maybe because Oskar Schindler saved Jewish lives.