Should the late Queen Elizabeth II be canonized?


Writed by - Andy Gocker
  Queen Elizabeth II
A British journalist is now proposing canonizing the late Queen of Great Britain. (archive image) © imago/i Images, imago stock&people

Now would be the best time to change something in the church, says Charles Moore in his opinion piece in the British political and cultural magazine The Spectator. The journalist will talk about the canonization of the late Queen of Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth II . (†96). If not now then when? After all, he gives two examples that should speak for his thesis.

Queen Elizabeth excelled in virtue

The Queen herself would probably never have made such a proposal during her lifetime, let alone accepted it as head of the Anglican Church. 'But the kind of person who wants to be a saint is the kind who shouldn't be made one,' says Charles Moore in his article. He wonders if the monarch shouldn't be canonized. 'She clearly possessed the first of the two formal requirements for holiness, what the Church calls 'heroic virtue,'' the journalist continues.

The second requirement would be to prove miracles performed by the person (in this case the late queen). He is certain that some examples will follow in the near future. But: He already knows about a miracle! First-hand.

Queen with global influence

  Queen Elizabeth on her 70th jubilee
Queen Elizabeth's influence is undeniable. (archive image) © action press, ActionPress, James Whatling

No question: The influence and popularity of the British Queen - far beyond the country's borders - is undeniable. The live broadcast of her funeral for a week (on September 19) has drew more than four billion people in front of the TV screens – a record ! She is often referred to as the 'Queen of the Century'. Buckingham Palace itself published a goosebumps photo after her death . Queen Elizabeth moved the world. But so much so that she should be canonized?

Great Britain is not a Catholic country but one with its own church, the Anglican. A Christian faith that accepts pre-Reformation canonizations but has never attempted to increase their numbers, Charles Moore said, adding, 'If they were willing, this would be the best time to start.' His cousin experienced a real miracle at the hands of the Queen - a prerequisite for this step.

Her influence goes beyond death

It was important to many people from all over the world to personally say goodbye to the late monarch. Scores lined the roadsides on their last trip across the country . They waited in lines for hours in front of Westminster Hall in London, only to be able to linger a few seconds at the coffin of the regent. One of them was Charles Moore's cousin: Tom Oliver.

He has long suffered from an extraordinary fear of catching illnesses, as the journalist reports. This was made even worse by the corona pandemic. 'Up to this week, Tom has had almost no direct human contact for more than 29 months, except with his immediate family.' But the Queen's death had made him want to say goodbye, so he stood in the crowd in front of the coffin of the deceased states 'that what he calls 'the sense of irrational danger' has disappeared,' Charles Moore wrote in his article. The writer does not comment further on whether this can be equated with a miracle. Without a doubt, however, it is a sign of how much Queen Elizabeth is changing the lives of many people beyond her death. (vne)

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