Daniel Lieuwen wrote:
> What is the likelihood that the Patriarchate of Antioch will recognize
> the canonization of "Saint Raphael", given that they refused to endorse
> it? Until the Antiochian Patriarchate accepts the canonization, I wonder
> if anyone but the OCA will recognize the canonization.
> The quotes around "Saint Raphael" should not be taken as disparaging him.
> He was a very good man. The question is whether 1) he was a saint and
> 2) whether the OCA really had the authority to canonize him and 3) even if
> 1) and 2) are true, was this the proper time to canonize him given the
> minimal amount (that I have seen) of veneration of him.
Mmph. Well, viewing it as I do from "inside" a small parish of the
Archdiocese, I would have to agree that one *could* get the impression of
Bishop Raphael's glorification being something of a top-down affair. Maybe
I just don't get out much -- or at least, not to the homes of our Arab
parishoners -- but I don't know anyone who has icons of him about their
person or their homes, whereas one sees quite a few icons of St. John
(Maximovich) of Shanghai and SF.