Can sainthood be rescinded?

I was reading a newspaper article where the author was arguing that revoking an old saint’s canonization would send out a positive message. The saint in question held some views that are frowned upon today. Which made me wonder is it possible, and has it ever been done?

Yes; there have been cases where sainthood was revoked on the grounds that the individual probably didn’t actually exist, or because it was later decided that there never really was sufficient grounds for awarding it in the first place.

Cecil touched on some examples of this not too long ago.

Well Cecil came up with the trumps on this. But Ingemar Johannson the world’s greatest ever fighter? I think I might be beginning to wonder if he is fallible after all. :eek: