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“Saints Behaving Badly”

by Dr. D ~ September 22nd, 2006

:”The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, And Devil-Worshippers Who Became Saints”

By Thomas J. Craughwell (Doubleday: New York, 2006, 191 pgs.)

This is a very interesting book.  Mr. Craughwell takes a look at the lives of a number of ‘Saints’ who had tainted backgrounds and were anything but ’saintly’ until they were changed by the grace of God into special Christians, who were later recognized by the Church.  Folk like: St. Matthew the extortionist, St. Dismas the thief, St. Augustine the playboy and heretic, St. Pelagia the promiscuous actress, St. Patrick the Pagan, St. Olga the mass murderer, St. Olaf the Viking, St. Thomas Becket the hedonist, and many more.  It reads like a novel, but these folks all later canonized by the church.  …To Continue…

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